ALL meanings of adaptation

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  • countable noun adaptation An adaptation of a book or play is a film or a television programme that is based on it. 3
  • uncountable noun adaptation Adaptation is the act of changing something or changing your behaviour to make it suitable for a new purpose or situation. 3
  • noun adaptation the act or process of adapting or the state of being adapted; adjustment 3
  • noun adaptation something that is produced by adapting something else 3
  • noun adaptation something that is changed or modified to suit new conditions or needs 3
  • noun adaptation an inherited or acquired modification in organisms that makes them better suited to survive and reproduce in a particular environment 3
  • noun adaptation the decreased response of a sense organ to a repeated or sustained stimulus 3
  • noun adaptation (in learning theory) the weakening of a response to a stimulus with repeated presentation of the stimulus without reinforcement; applied mainly to innate responses 3
  • noun adaptation alteration to a dwelling to make it suitable for a disabled person, as by replacing steps with ramps 3
  • noun adaptation an adapting or being adapted 3
  • noun adaptation a thing resulting from adapting 3
  • noun adaptation a change in structure, function, or form that improves the chance of survival for an animal or plant within a given environment 3
  • noun adaptation the natural reactions of a sense organ to variations in the degree of stimulation 3
  • noun adaptation a gradual change in behavior to conform to the prevailing cultural patterns 3
  • noun adaptation modification 1
  • noun adaptation film, theatre: version 1
  • noun adaptation evolution: development 1
  • noun adaptation the act of adapting. 1
  • noun adaptation the state of being adapted; adjustment. 1
  • noun adaptation something produced by adapting: an adaptation of a play for television. 1
  • noun adaptation Biology. any alteration in the structure or function of an organism or any of its parts that results from natural selection and by which the organism becomes better fitted to survive and multiply in its environment. a form or structure modified to fit a changed environment. the ability of a species to survive in a particular ecological niche, especially because of alterations of form or behavior brought about through natural selection. 1
  • noun adaptation Physiology. the decrease in response of sensory receptor organs, as those of vision, touch, temperature, olfaction, audition, and pain, to changed, constantly applied, environmental conditions. 1
  • noun adaptation Ophthalmology. the regulating by the pupil of the quantity of light entering the eye. 1
  • noun adaptation Also, adaption [uh-dap-shuh n] /əˈdæp ʃən/ (Show IPA). Sociology. a slow, usually unconscious modification of individual and social activity in adjustment to cultural surroundings. 1
  • noun adaptation The action or process of adapting or being adapted. 1
  • noun adaptation (Uncountable Noun) The quality of being adapted; adaption; adjustment. 0
  • noun adaptation (Uncountable Noun) Adjustment to extant conditions: as, adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation; modification of some thing or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its current environment. 0
  • noun adaptation (Countable Noun) Something which has been adapted; variation. 0
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