sim·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌsim-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce simulation (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Modern philosophers such as Nick Bostrom postulate that our cosmos is probably a simulation, a virtual reality created by the alien equivalent of a bored teenage hacker. John Horgan, Scientific American, 14 June 2022 Because the metaverse is supposed to be a simulation of real life, VR dating is more life-like than traditional apps. Mahnoor Khan, Fortune, 16 Apr. 2022 And confirming that information is the fifth state of matter touches on a weird idea: that the universe is actually a computer simulation. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2022 If enough chain reactions occur in the simulation, the bomb will explode in real life. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 21 Apr. 2022 Company spokeswoman Julianne McGoldrick said Waymo uses multiple closed courses and virtual simulation technology to mimic the streets and freeways of real locations. Grace Lieberman, Dallas News, 10 June 2021 Some vendors do just conversation or soft skill simulation. Jill Griffin, Forbes, 16 May 2022 The simulator is supported by Foresight’s GCQuad launch monitor and the simulation software, FSX 2020, delivers lifelike graphics and animations. Shaun Tolson, Robb Report, 3 May 2022 The multiverse is a fascinating idea to daydream about — and, along with simulation theory, may be on track to become something like an agnostic, nihilism-friendly new religion. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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“Simulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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sim·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌsim-yə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce simulation (audio) \

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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