simulation

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noun sim·u·la·tion \ˌsim-yə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of simulation

  1. 1 :  the act or process of simulating

  2. 2 :  a sham object :  counterfeit

  3. 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 processb :  examination of a problem often not subject to direct experimentation by means of a simulating device

Examples of simulation in a Sentence

  1. a computer simulation of spaceflight

  2. a simulation of the planet's surface

  3. They use computer simulation to predict weather conditions.

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Origin and Etymology of simulation

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

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SIMULATION Defined for English Language Learners

simulation

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Definition of simulation for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

simulation

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noun, sim·u·la·tion \ˌsim-yə-ˈlā-shən\

Legal Definition of simulation

  1. 1 :  the act of simulating

  2. 2 :  a contract that by mutual agreement does not express the true intent of the parties — see also counterletter — compare disguised donation at donation

Additional Notes on simulation

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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