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Meaning of adaptation by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French adaptation, from Medieval Latin adaptatio, from Latin adaptare; see adapt .


    • ( Canada ) IPA: /ˌædæpˈteɪʃən/, SAMPA: /%{d{p"teIS@n/
    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


    adaptation ( countable and uncountable; plural: adaptations )

    1. ( uncountable ) The quality of being adapted; adaption; adjustment .
    2. ( uncountable ) 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.
    3. ( countable ) Something which has been adapted; variation.

    Derived terms

    • adaptational
    • adaptationism
    • adaptationist

    Related terms

    • adapt
    • adaptability
    • adaptedness

Explanation of adaptation by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the responsive adjustment of a sense organ ( as the eye ) to varying conditions ( as of light )

    2. a written work ( as a novel ) that has been recast in a new form

    3. the play is an adaptation of a short novel
    4. the process of adapting to something ( such as environmental conditions )

    Definition of adaptation by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Adaptation n. [Cf. F. adaptation, LL. adaptatio.]
      1. The act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness. “Adaptation of the means to the end.” Erskine.

      2. The result of adapting; an adapted form.