Definition of adaptation
1 : something that is adapted a new adaptation of an old recipe; specifically : a composition rewritten into a new form a screen adaptation of a novel
2 : the act or process of adapting a process undergoing adaptation : the state of being adapted adaptation to changing circumstances
3 : adjustment to environmental conditions: such asa : adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulationb : modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment : a heritable physical or behavioral trait that serves a specific function and improves an organism's fitness or survival
adaptationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of adaptation in a sentence
His stage adaptation of the novel was a success.
The film is an adaptation of a book of the same title.
The insect's evolutionary adaptations enable it to be almost invisible even when sitting in the middle of a leaf.
a tool designed for easy adaptation
Origin and Etymology of adaptation
First Known Use: 1597
ADAPTATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adaptation for English Language Learners
: something that is adapted; especially : a movie, book, play, etc., that is changed so that it can be presented in another form
: a change in a plant or animal that makes it better able to live in a particular place or situation
: the process of changing to fit some purpose or situation : the process of adapting
ADAPTATION Defined for Kids
Definition of adaptation for Students
1 : the act or process of changing to better suit a situation
2 : a body part or feature or a behavior that helps a living thing survive and function better in its environment
Medical Definition of adaptation
2: adjustment to environmental conditions: asa: adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulationb: modification of an organism or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its environment—compare adjustment 1b
adaptational\-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
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