simulation

noun

sim·​u·​la·​tion ˌsim-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce simulation (audio)
1
: the act or process of simulating
2
: a sham object : counterfeit
3
a
: 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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Word History

Etymology

Middle English simulacioun "insincerity, pretense, deceit," borrowed from Anglo-French simulacion, borrowed from Latin simulātiōn-, simulātiō "act of copying, putting on an appearance, pretense," from simulāre, similāre "to pretend, assume the appearance of by one's conduct, produce a fraudulent imitation of, imitate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at simulate

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Simulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simulation. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

simulation

noun
sim·​u·​la·​tion ˌsim-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce simulation (audio)
1
: the act or process of simulating
2
: an object that is not genuine
3
: the imitation by one system or process of the way in which another system or process works
a computer simulation of spaceflight

Legal Definition

simulation

noun
sim·​u·​la·​tion ˌsim-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce simulation (audio)
1
in the civil law of Louisiana
2
: the act of simulating
3
: 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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