adapt

Definitions

  • Adaptation of the human form
    Adaptation of the human form
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v adapt adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions "We must adjust to the bad economic situation"
    • v adapt make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose "Adapt our native cuisine to the available food resources of the new country"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Solar-engine Adapted to the Use of Hot Air Solar-engine Adapted to the Use of Hot Air

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The movie that grossed the most money that was adapted from a T.V. cartoon is Scooby-Doo
    • a Adapt Fitted; suited.
    • v. t Adapt To make suitable; to fit, or suit; to adjust; to alter so as to fit for a new use; -- sometimes followed by to or for. "For nature, always in the right,
      To your decays adapts my sight."
      "Appeals adapted to his [man's] whole nature.""Streets ill adapted for the residence of wealthy persons."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adapt To make suitable; make to correspond; fit or suit; proportion.
    • adapt To fit by alteration; modify or remodel for a different purpose: as, to adapt a story or a foreign play for the stage; to adapt an old machine to a new manufacture. To make by altering or fitting something else; produce by change of form or character: as, to bring out a play adapted from the French; a word of an adapted form. Synonyms To adjust, accommodate, conform.
    • adapt Adapted; fit; suitable.
    • adapt Same as immunize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Adapt ad-apt′ to make apt or fit: to accommodate (with to or for)
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Quotations

  • Lou Gerstner
    Lou Gerstner
    “You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.”
  • Scotty Bowman
    Scotty Bowman
    “I found out that if you are going to win games, you had better be ready to adapt.”
  • John Dewey
    John%20Dewey
    “Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Mahatma%20Gandhi
    “Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is a wise person that adapts themselves to all contingencies; it's the fool who always struggles like a swimmer against the current.”
  • Kearney
    Kearney
    “For organizations and employees alike, the only real security is the ability to grow, change and adapt.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adaptare,; ad, + aptare, to fit; cf. F. adapter,. See Apt Adept
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. adaptāread, to, and aptāre, to fit.

Usage

In literature:

PART OF A DESIGN BY WALTER CRANE, cunningly adapted to execution in needlework.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
Some reptiles and fish have actually the power of changing the colour of their skin so as to adapt themselves to their surroundings.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
They are apparently survivals of a very ancient structure, originated for swimming, and adapted to walking.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
Man: An Adaptive Mechanism.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The news spread that the soil and climate of Brazil were particularly adapted to the cultivation of coffee.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
And secondly, if they so differ, how have they become thus adapted?
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Study the specialties, likes and dislikes in particular, of the one courted, and humor and adapt yourself to them.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Those who regard their health should be careful to adapt their clothing to the state of the climate, and the season of the year.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The general environment constantly gave the stimuli that led to the adaptive changes.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
The very process of adaptation, therefore, tends toward fixity and to destroy adaptability.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Each of the several species with their varieties has quite distinct adaptations to soils.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Not every farmer, however, knows the grass adapted to his soil.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
We reply that these are generally cases of more or less special adaptation.
"Little Masterpieces of Science:" by Various
There is here a great adaptation of love to life, an adaptation which it is necessary to bear in mind.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
He knows how fluid and adaptive all animate nature is.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
Perfect adaptation of any form of life to the conditions surrounding it seems to check variability.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
Is there an adaptation of the bones of the system to the offices they are required to perform?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
By adaptation to physical environment he may live; without adaptation he cannot live.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Having adjusted every thing properly, as above directed, the tube H h is adapted to an air-pump, and the baloon A is exhausted of its air.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
Pure reflexes are admirably adapted to certain ends.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
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In poetry:

He sees the sore, he knows the cure
Will most adapted be;
'Tis then most reasonable, sure,
Thy Husband choose for thee.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
I leave what others live upon,
Yet live I not on bread alone;
But food adapted to my mind,
Bare words, yet not on empty wind.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
This gospel comes with help indeed,
Adapted unto sinners need:
These joyful news that suit their case,
Are chariots of his drawing grace:
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
There's a something wrapped in th' nature
Of those most adapted to teach
That charms and holds the attention
Of those whom its powers reach.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
"It came out in a 'Monthly,' or
At least my agent said it did:
Some literary swell, who saw
It, thought it seemed adapted for
The Magazine he edited.
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

The digital revolution in filmmaking has caused a lot of changes within the past few years and cinematographers have had to adapt as more productions and studios abandon film for digital.
Police have had to adapt to resurgent activity in places like the H Street NE corridor.
Planning for people in a dense, highly concentrated space requires adapting Smart Growth policy to the nighttime economy and increased demand for places to socialize.
Tulsa Public Schools must adapt to challenges when students, staff leave unexpectedly.
"Rome" duo on board to executive produce the adaptation of Robert Graves historical novel.
A combination of efficient design and powerful suction, the Nilfisk VT60CR is a cleanroom vacuum that simultaneously picks up wet and dry debris without special adapters or filter switching.
Well, Adapt CNY has a project for you.
One woman's story of cancer: Frankfort woman adapts to her new normal.
Lynn, 80, revealed plans to adapt " Coal Miner 's Daughter" into a musical version of her life story and said she wants actress/singer Zooey Deschanel to play the part.
'New Girl' star lands lead role in Broadway adaptation.
Loretta Lynn has chosen Zooey Deschanel for the lead role in a Broadway adaptation of Coal Miner 's Daughter, reports Playbill.
It is clear to see the savings using IP-over- coax Ethernet adapters and existing coax infrastructure.
Rob Brydon, left, and Steve Coogan star as multiple characters in the film-within-a-film adaptation of Laurence Stern's 'Tristram Shandy.
Lost in all of the hoopla about Republicans needing to adapt to the country's new demographic, is the fact Romney captured the largest percentage of white votes since Ronald Reagan.
Drawing on the John le Carré reservoir guarantees a face-smacking degree of literate sophistication, pander-free dialogue, and ethical ambiguity, and Fernando Meirelles's adaptation of The Constant Gardener drinks deeply at the trough.
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In science:

These systems can dynamically adapt their shape to suit the needs of the task at hand, e.g., for manipulation, locomotion, and adaptive structures responding to environmental stresses.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Since the adaption typically consumes more than the subsequent event generation, the adapted grids and weights can be saved and reloaded for generating sets of event samples with similar parameters and cuts.
O'Mega & WHIZARD: Monte Carlo Event Generator Generation For Future Colliders
Theoretical analysis suggests that the proposed scheme can improve the performance of adaptive sorting. Experimental results show that it significantly reduces the amount of disorder present in a given sequence and improves the execution time of adaptive sorting algorithm as well.
Random Shuffling to Reduce Disorder in Adaptive Sorting Scheme
If R is (~k , ~σ)-non-adapted, then the unique coarsest subpartition of R which is (~k , ~σ)-adapted will be denoted by R(~k , ~σ).
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
Therefore, there is an analogy with the crossing and non-crossing partitions in free probability, the (~k , ~σ)– adapted playing a similar role to non-crossing partitions, whereas the non– (~k , ~σ)–adapted behave like crossing partitions.
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
However, the exponents θκ (κ stands for “in,A” and “out,A” for the adaptive and similarly “in,R” and “out,R” for random walk) are both larger than 2 in the case of the adaptive search of the destination, whereas 1 < θκ < 2 for the naive random walk.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
Specifically, the adaptive random walker fully utilizes local information on both in- and out-connectivity of a visited node and adapts its moves to follow the node linking preferences.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
Subsequently, it has been shown [4, 10] that the multisymplectic geometry of the (affine) multiphase space Z introduced by Kijowski [7, 8] and refined by Gotay, et al. , may be generalized by adapting Norris’s theory to LV Y , the bundle of vertically adapted linear frames of a configuration bundle Y of a classical field.
A Frame Bundle Generalization of Multisymplectic Momentum Mappings
It can roughly be thought of as a series of embedded adaptive levels, each with the same number of total grid points, but each consecutive adaptive level is twice as large as the previous adaptive level.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
It is important to note boundary conditions are not imposed on the smallest adaptive level, nor on any of the intermediate adaptive levels.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
This process is continued until information from the last intermediate adaptive level is transferred up to the largest adaptive level.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Another important length in the problem is denoted as SCALE , which is used to ensure that the grid spacings of a larger adaptive level are exactly twice that of the smaller adaptive level.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Once the smallest grid size is specified, then each larger adaptive level is simply twice as big as the previous adaptive level.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
It is again important to point out that the number of grid points on all adaptive levels except the largest adaptive level is the same, and is given by n = 2M G + 3.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Restrict the relaxed solution uh , which exists on the interior n − 3 grid points of the smallest adaptive level, onto the interior n/2 − 1 grid points of the next larger adaptive level, and denote it as u2h .
Variational Principles in General Relativity
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