Definition of selection
2 : one that is selected : choice; also : a collection of selected things
3 : a natural or artificial process that results or tends to result in the survival and propagation of some individuals or organisms but not of others with the result that the inherited traits of the survivors are perpetuated — compare darwinism, natural selection
Examples of selection in a sentence
The selection of the best poem was difficult.
<his selection of a running mate was a long, tedious affair>
First Known Use of selection
Synonym Discussion of selection
choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind <choice fabric>. exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste <an exquisite gold bracelet>. elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste <a sumptuous but elegant dining room>. rare suggests an uncommon excellence <rare beauty>. delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility <delicate craftsmanship>. dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate <dainty sandwiches>.
SELECTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of selection for English Language Learners
: the act of choosing something or someone from a group
: someone or something that is chosen from a group
: a collection of things chosen from a group of similar things
SELECTION Defined for Kids
Definition of selection for Students
1 : the act or process of choosing
2 : something that is chosen
Medical Definition of selection
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