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. a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form; "the play is an adaptation of a short novel" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The result of adapting; an adapted form. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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.
  7. 1. The acquiring of modifications fitting a plant or animal to life in a new environment or under new conditions. 2. An advantageous change in function or constitution of an organ or tissue to meet new conditions. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  8. The act of making suitable: fitness. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. Act of fitting; fitness. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. An adapting; that which is adapted. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The act of making, or the state of being suitable. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. 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.
  13. [Latin] The process by which an organism becomes fitted to its environment; a structure or habit fitted for some special environment; the fitting of sensations to a point when discomfort ceases; adjustment of disturbance of nervous system without involving higher co-ordinating centres. na
  14. Changing a work to make it meet a certain need. Or changing an idea to make it work for a situation. thelawdictionary.org
  15. ADAPTATION (from Lat. adaptare, to fit to), a process of fitting, or modifying, a thing to other uses, and so altering its form or original purpose. In literature there may be, e.g., an adaptation of a novel for a drama, or in music an arrangement of a piece for two hands into one for four, &c. In biology, according to the doctrine of evolution, adaptation plays a prominent part as the process by which an organism or species of organisms becomes modified to suit the conditions of its life. Every change in a living organism involves adaptation; for in all cases life consists in a continuous adjustment of internal to external relations. Every living organism reacts to its environment; if the reaction is unfavourable, disability leading to ultimate extinction is the result. If the reaction is favourable, its result is called an adaptation. How far such adaptations are produced afresh in each generation, whether or no their effects are transmitted to descendants and so directly modify the stock, to what extent adaptations characteristic of a species or variety have come about by selection of individuals capable, in each generation, of responding favourably, or how far by the selection of individuals fortuitously suitable to the environment, or, how far, possibly by the inheritance of the responses to the environment, are problems of biology not yet definitely solved. en.wikisource.org
  16. Adjustment of pupil to light. American pocket medical dictionary.
  17. Faculty possessed by an organism or an organ of accommodating itself to varying conditions. The adjustment of the individual to conditions of reality. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  18. In pathology, it is used as in immunization and also to designate principle of adjustment of tissues to changed conditions produced by disease, as hypertrophy of the heart following obstruction of the valves. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  19. The act of fitting one thing to another, the fitness of one thing to another. Complete Dictionary