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English noun: adaptation

1. adaptation (communication) a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form

SamplesThe play is an adaptation of a short novel.


Broader (hypernym)piece of writing, writing, written material

Narrower (hyponym)modernization, versification

2. adaptation (process) the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)

Synonymsadaption, adjustment

Broader (hypernym)biological process, organic process

Narrower (hyponym)acclimation, acclimatisation, acclimatization, dedifferentiation, differentiation, domestication, specialisation, specialization

3. adaptation (act) (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)

Broader (hypernym)adjustment, alteration, modification

Narrower (hyponym)dark adaptation, light adaptation

Domain categoryphysiology

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