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Adaptation is a member of the word family adapt, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun adaptation

What does adaptation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: adaptations

  1. a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form
  2. the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
  3. (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)

Alternative definition of the noun adaptation


  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.

Specialised definition of the noun adaptation

Glossary of sports

the process by which a sense organ becomes less sensitive to a stimulus after repeated contact (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

biologically and socially active form of acting, where the internal system (person) is tuned to the external system (environment). The goal of the adaptation is the creation of a balance between internal needs and externally given possibilities. Certain types of sport (e.g. equestrian sports, archery, swimming, cross-country skiing) evolved as techniques of adapting to given environmental conditions. However, these sports have lost that function. The child's game, but also the sport game, are still viewed as a form of adaptation to culture, because they represent specific conflicts on a small scale to which solutions are found. Passive adaptation is usually accompanied by resignation and apathy and is therefore not a desirable behaviour pattern. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)


"Adaptation": Adaptation. is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous self-referential events added. The film stars Nicolas Cage as Charlie and Donald Kaufman, and Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean, Chris Cooper as John Laroche, with Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton, Ron Livingston and Maggie Gyllenhaal in supporting roles.


  1. "Adaptation" is a play by Elaine May.
  2. "Adaptation" is a book by Charlie Kaufman.
    • also known as "Adaptation: the shooting script"
    • subjects: Florida, Drama, Performing arts, Cinema, Film, Video, Hollywood
  3. "Adaptation": A social philosophy allegory in the form of a teenage adventure novel.
  4. "Adaptation" is a book by Karl H. Pribram.
    • also known as "Adaptation: selected readings"


  1. "Adaptation" a.k.a. "Adaptation." is a musical album of Carter Burwell, soundtrack.
    • also known as Adaptation. Soundtrack
    • released on (13 years ago)
  2. "Adaptation" is a musical EP of A.M. Architect.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  3. "Adaptation" is a musical EP of Rediscover.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  4. "Adaptation" is the 1980 album of Vasil Naydenov.
    • released in (36 years ago)
  5. "Adaptation" is a song by The Weeknd.


  1. Adaptation: In biology, an adaptation, also called an adaptive trait, is a trait with a current functional role in the life history of an organism that is maintained and evolved by means of natural selection. Adaptation refers to both the current state of being adapted and to the dynamic evolutionary process that leads to the adaptation. Adaptations contribute to the fitness and survival of individuals. Organisms face a succession of environmental challenges as they grow and develop and are equipped with an adaptive plasticity as the phenotype of traits develop in response to the imposed conditions. The developmental norm of reaction for any given trait is essential to the correction of adaptation as it affords a kind of biological insurance or resilience to varying environments.
    • also known as Sự thích nghi, 適應
  2. Adaptation: The term “adaptation” in computer science refers to a process, in which an interactive system adapts its behaviour to individual users based on information acquired about its user and its environment.
  3. Adaptation: Metaschema relationship between a work and another work which is a transformation or adaptation of the first work into another form; this could include adaptation into another medium, translation into another language, or a reworking in the same medium.

Phrases with Adaptation

  1. Co-adaptation
  2. dark adaptation
  3. light adaptation

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Adaptation

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Google previewGreen Design, Materials and Manufacturing Processes (2013)

by Helena Bartolo, Paulo Jorge Da Silva Bartolo, Nuno Manuel Fernandes Alves, Artur Jorge Mateus, Henrique Amorim Almeida, Ana Cristina Soares Lemos, Flávio Craveiro, Carina Ramos, Igor Reis, Lina Durão, Telma Ferreira, José Pinto Duarte, Filipa Roseta, Eduardo Castro e Costa, Filipe Quaresma, João Paulouro Neves

The term adaptation means any adjustment, whether passive, reactive or anticipatory, that is proposed as a means for...

Adaptation refers to all those responses to climate change that may be used to reduce vulnerability.

Google previewModelling Foundations and Applications (2012)

8th European Conference, ECMFA 2012, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, July 2-5, 2012, Proceedings by Antonio Vallecillo, Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, Ekkart Kindler, Harald Störrle, Dimitris Kolovos

Model Adaptation is the process of retrieving the information from a model in the form expected. It consists in adapting...

Thus a model adaptation is a way to create a model type matching relation between two model types. A model adaptation ...

Google previewPhysiology, Environment, and Man (2013)

Based on a Symposium Conducted by the National Academy of Sciences–National Research Council, August, 1966 by Douglas H. K. Lee, David Minard

For some, adaptation refers to those properties (usually anatomic) which have been selected over long periods of evolution to permit survival. For others, adaptation refers to the rapid decay of an excitatory process, as in sensory adaptation.

Google previewSocial Information Transmission and Human Biology (2006)

by Jonathan CK Wells, Simon Strickland, Kevin Laland

An adaptation is a character favored by natural selection for its effectiveness in a particular role.

Google previewMainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (2003)

by Saleemul Huq

adaptation refers to the “adjustment in ecological, social, or economic systems in response...

Google previewCognitive Neuroscience Robotics B (2016)

Analytic Approaches to Human Understanding by Masashi Kasaki, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Minoru Asada, Mariko Osaka, Takashi Fujikado

Biological adaptation is an evolutionary process, and usually called ' phylogenesis.' Animals and plants, bacteria, even viruses, rely on DNA ( deoxyribonucleic acid) for reproduction. DNA is a code which consists of four bases: A (adenine), ...

Google previewAlgorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing (2007)

7th International Conference, ICA3PP 2007, Hangzhou, China, June 11-14, 2007, Proceedings by Haj Jin

Software component adaptation is a difficult problem to be solved in component- based software development. In this paper, we focus on a framework of component adaptation in which several adaptations are involved. The framework is ...

Google previewHuman Biodiversity (2001)

Genes, Race, and History by Jonathan M. Marks

Adaptation is a particularly troublesome concept in evolution, because it (1) means two things, (2) arises in several ways, and (3) is not easy to identify when present. Nevertheless, many facets of human biological variation are ...

Google previewThe Philosophy of Biology (2013)

A Companion for Educators by Kostas Kampourakis

Prima facie, an adaptation is a trait evolved via natural selection because it plays a particular role in the organism's struggle for existence, and plays this role well. Consider the following adaptive hypothesis: the bioluminescent light organ of ...

Google previewService-Oriented Computing - ICSOC 2008 (2008)

6th International Conference, Sydney, Australia, December 1-5, 2008, Proceedings by Athman Bouguettaya, Ingolf Krüger, Tiziana Margaria

Software Adaptation is a hot topic in Software Engineering since it is the only way to compose non-intrusively black-box components or services with mismatching interfaces. However, adaptation is a complex issue especially when behavioral ...

Google previewThe Advanced Dictionary of Marketing : Putting Theory to Use (2007)

Putting Theory to Use by Scott Dacko

adaptation KEY INSIGHTS The subject of marketing strategy and marketing mix element adaptation versus standardization has been the subject of much marketing research and debate. Since there are many potential factors influencing ...

Google previewA Phonographic and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language (1890)

by Isaac Pitman

FRENCH PHONOGRAPHY, an adaptation of Phonography to the French language ; by T. A. Reed. Price is. MANUALE DI FONOGRAFIA ITALIANA; an adaptation of Phonography to the Italian language ; by Giuseppe Francini. Price Is. 6d.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Novel (2014)

Adaptation/. Appropriation. JULIE SANDERS Descriptions of the novel as a form almost inevitably discuss the use of INTERTEXTUALITY, allusion, and quotation as some of its major narrative strategies. Canonical examples of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chromatography 2004 Update Supplement (2004)

by Jack Cazes

Adaptation. for. Measurement. by. HPLC. Marino B.Arnao Manuel Acosta Antonio Cano University ofMurcia, Murcia, Spain INTRODUCTION The determination of antioxidant activity (capacity or potential) of diverse biological samples is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition (2011)

by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Meredith Kazer, PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC

A number of studies identified specific links, conceptually and operationally, between the Roy adaptation model and the research variables. In these studies, specific concepts were linked to various aspects of the model, including focal, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multimedia (2008)

by Borko Furht

INGO KOFLER ,CHRISTIAN TIMMERER ,HERMANN HELLWAGNER Klagenfurt University, Klagenfurt, Austria Synonyms ▷Finding parameters for multimedia content adaptation utilizing optimization techniques Definition Optimization- based ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies (2009)

by Mona Baker, Gabriela Saldanha

Adaptation may be understood as a set of translative interventions which result in a text that is not generally accepted as a translation but is nevertheless recognized as representing a source text. As such, the term may embrace numerous ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of global warming and climate change (2008)

A-E by S. George Philander

questionnaire surveys to determine adaptation priorities and options, are useful tools. Other studies use participatory vulnerability assessment (PVA) tools to identify the adaptation strategies most appropriate for communities that will allow ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychopathology (2012)

by Henry Kellerman

ADAPTATION Generally considered important in the development of socially mature behavior. Freud's adaptive theory examines the relation of ego to the environment with a focus on reality testing and secondary process. See Freud; reality ...

Google previewDictionary of Theories, Laws, and Concepts in Psychology (1998)

by Jon E. Roeckelein

ADAPTATION, PRINCIPLES/LAWS OF 1 1 hours to adapt). It is estimated that the totally dark-adapted eye is about 1 million times as sensitive as the normally illuminated eye (Reber, 1995). Light ("pho- topic") adaptation is the process of ...

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Tzu Chi Sign Language Adaptation Video with "English" Captions

A very touching Tzu Chi sign language video with English captions. The music is beautiful and calming. The sign language performance is so graceful and ...

Quotes about Adaptation

In all works on Natural History, we constantly find details of the marvellous adaptation of animals to their food, their habits, and the localities in which they are found. (Alfred Russel Wallace)
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The value of this 10-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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