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Definition of simulation

1 : the act or process of simulating
2 : a sham object : counterfeit
3a : the imitative representation of the functioning of one system or process by means of the functioning of another a computer simulation of an industrial process
b : examination of a problem often not subject to direct experimentation by means of a simulating device

Examples of simulation in a Sentence

a computer simulation of spaceflight a simulation of the planet's surface They use computer simulation to predict weather conditions.
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Recent Examples on the Web In one simulation, she was docked points for verbally wishing a customer happy birthday instead of writing a birthday message on their cup, according to an email of her test results. Janelle Bitker,, "Boba Guys workers allege pattern of racial discrimination at SF cafe chain," 27 June 2020 This weekend’s simulation is something that happens every year, an Operational Readiness Exercise, this one involving a hazmat drill. Barrett Swanson, Harper's Magazine, "This Is Not a Test," 23 June 2020 That’s why Franzblau, the professional cuddler, was as first hesitant to attempt a virtual simulation. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "You could use a hug. Here are some safe options," 23 June 2020 The Clippers defeated the Lakers in the simulation during the Western Conference Finals, winning the series four games to one. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks fall in Game 7 of NBA Finals to Clippers in Strat-O-Matic simulation," 21 June 2020 In their newest simulation, published this week in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers used existing computational models showing how animals interacted with their landscapes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Prehistoric 'clutter' on land led to bigger, smarter human brains," 19 June 2020 The calculations from the simulation also noted that droplet size could be affected due to hitting the mask, escaping and eventually, entering the environment. Fox News, "Coronavirus can still pass between face mask wearers — even when they're 4 feet apart: study," 17 June 2020 And while the model does produce a different circulation pattern in Saturn’s southern hemisphere—which is less well studied but lacks the hexagon seen at the northern pole—the paper barely touches on how well the simulation compares to reality. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What causes Saturn’s strange polar cloud hexagon?," 8 June 2020 In a Strat-O-Matic simulation of the rest of the NBA season, the Bucks and Clippers were tied at two games apiece in the finals entering the week. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis Antetokounmpo incorporates son into workout in adorable viral video," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of simulation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for simulation

Middle English simulacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin simulation-, simulatio, from simulare

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The first known use of simulation was in the 14th century

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30 Jun 2020

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“Simulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of simulation

: something that is made to look, feel, or behave like something else especially so that it can be studied or used to train people


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Legal Definition of simulation

in the civil law of Louisiana
1 : the act of simulating
2 : a contract that by mutual agreement does not express the true intent of the parties — see also counterletter — compare disguised donation at donation

Note: Although a simulation does not have effect as between the parties, its lack of effect may not be asserted against third parties, such as creditors or bona fide purchasers, to avoid liability.

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