Definitions of adaptation

  1. the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The result of adapting; an adapted form. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The act of adjusting; the state of being adjusted or fitted; adjustment to circumstances. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The act of making suitable: fitness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. Act of fitting; fitness. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. An adapting; that which is adapted. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The process by which an organism becomes fitted to its environment; a structure or habit fitted for some special environment; the fitting of cutaneous and other sensations to a point when discomfort ceases, as the physiological zero in the case of adaptation to temperature. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for adaptation

  1. The natural adaptation of the rainbow for this office of a token is too plain to need dwelling on. – Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers by Alexander Maclaren
  2. It was a very pretty instance of adaptation on the part of the little bird. – Ways of Nature by John Burroughs