• Adaptation of the human form
    Adaptation of the human form
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj adaptive having a capacity for adaptation "the adaptive coloring of a chameleon"
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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 Adaptive Suited, given, or tending, to adaptation; characterized by adaptation; capable of adapting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adaptive Of, pertaining to, or characterized by adaptation; making or made fit or suitable; susceptible of or undergoing accordant change. Much used in biology with reference to functional or physiological changes occasioned by variations of external conditions or environment, as opposed to homological. See adaptation, 3.
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  • 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
    “Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “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.”
  • Stephen Bayley
    Stephen Bayley
    “The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny man's ability to adapt to changing circumstances.”


In literature:

They are well adapted for arbours, trellis-work, or sloping banks.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
They readily adapt themselves to any sort of associations.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
Vanbrugh proceeded to adapt for his new house three plays of Moliere.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
They were found admirably adapted to the necessities of the case.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
The position south of Bull Run, originally selected by General Lee,* was better adapted for defence than for attack.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
This method is only adapted to thin pieces of food with a considerable amount of surface.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
New social habits adapted to the age we live in will be accepted by the next generation as good form.
"The Cost of Shelter" by Ellen H. Richards
This brother was a man of age and experience, well adapted to his position, and universally beloved.
"Thirty Years in the Itinerancy" by Wesson Gage Miller
Nature adapts herself to all her conditions.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
But if you wear shoes you must adapt your stockings to your dress.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Its Adaptation to Home.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
The bodies of the vertebrae are hollowed out at both ends, but the limbs appear to be adapted for progression on the land.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
You adapt yourself to circumstances when necessary, or when you choose.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
In some parts of the Continent vinegar is added, but it is not adapted to English taste.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne
He can only adapt his conduct in some measure so as to reap an advantage.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
We see similar marks of design or adaptation in nature.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
He is modern in his extraordinary adaptability to time and circumstance.
"Post-Impressions" by Simeon Strunsky
Earth life has become adapted to, and has invaded, nearly every habitat, no matter how severe.
"Significant Achievements in Space Bioscience 1958-1964" by National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The special adaptations of each factor are considered in the discussion of the varieties group by group.
"The Book of Cheese" by Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
By altering the quantity of shot in the small balls the instrument could be adapted for liquids other than water.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various

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:

Along with "Lifeboat" and "Rope," this is one of Alfred Hitchcock 's most static films, adapted from a play and not opened up much for cinema.
Disney's classic animated adaptation of the beloved fairy tale about an oppressed young woman whose fairy godmother helps her to become the belle of the Royal Ball.
Mandeville to produce comicbook adaptation.
China's Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation by David Shambaugh Woodrow Wilson Center Press/University of California Press, 234 pp.
Adapted from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child (Knopf, 1961).
Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth star as Gomez and Morticia Addams in the new musical adaptation of Charles Addams' cartoons.
Heavy HDMI out requires an adapter.
Google has adapted its existing Street View equipment to be effective in the vast Amazon terrain.
Software engineers must adapt to corporate world.
Members of the Charlestown Working Theater will travel to Yerevan, Armenia to perform their acclaimed adaptation of The Odyssey at the HIGH FEST International Theatre Festival Oct 1 through.
Jude Law and Keira Knightley in the adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina".
Digital media is a key tool for adaptive communication and technological skills.
Talbert ("First Sunday") is writing, directing and producing the adaptation of his own bestselling 2003 novel.
Adapted from Pâtisserie Malika, Paris Time: 2½ hours, plus 6 hours' cooling.
Although most LiPo packs' balancing ports will plug directly into the LiPo Checker, we also included an adapter for Thunder Power and Flight Power style plugs.

In science:

Orr studied the evolution on a smooth landscape given by the Fisher model and found that the rate of adaptation decreases with increasing complexity, as measured by the dimensionality of the adaptive landscape .
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
Modularity, as considered in their paper, increases the rate of adaptation if a single trait is maladapted, but may decrease the adaptation rate if all traits are equally maladapted.
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
However, we stress that loci detected by the approaches discussed above are obviously at best just candidates for being involved in adaptation to a particular climate variable, or set of climate variables, and so additional evidence is needed to build the adaptive case at any locus.
Robust identification of local adaptation from allele frequencies
While shared standing variation will surely be part of the adaptive response across geographically separated instances of similar environments, ideally we would have methods that could cluster signals at the level of the gene or pathway to allow putative cases of parallel adaptation to be identified.
Robust identification of local adaptation from allele frequencies
Coop, 2010 The genetics of human adaptation: hard sweeps, soft sweeps, and polygenic adaptation.
Robust identification of local adaptation from allele frequencies
Another feature that makes conditional-samples interesting is that in contrast to the testers using ordinary samples, which are non-adaptive by definition, adaptivity (and the algorithmic aspect of testing) in conditional-sampling model plays an important role.
On the Power of Conditional Samples in Distribution Testing
Non-adaptive testers, which must decide the sets to sample from before getting any samples, and adaptive testers, which have no such restriction.
On the Power of Conditional Samples in Distribution Testing
Definition 6.1.6. A core adaptive distribution tester is an adaptive distribution tester, that acts as follows.
On the Power of Conditional Samples in Distribution Testing
This result will then be extended to the general setting by introducing (similarly to Section 5.2) the notion of a queryfaking algorithm, and reducing the behavior of adaptive algorithms to non-adaptive ones through an appropriate sequence of such query-faking algorithms.
Testing probability distributions using conditional samples
Compute the bootstrap version Q(b) ALS of the adaptive LM test statistics (resp. the bootstrap version Q∗(b) ALS of the adaptive portmanteau test statistic).
Testing second order dynamics for autoregressive processes in presence of time-varying variance
In this paper we consider adaptive testing, where the test design depends on the outcome of previous tests, in contrast to the non-adaptive case, where the entire sequence of tests is specified in advance.
The Capacity of Adaptive Group Testing
But when this additional variable is not fixed, but has been chosen adaptively or greedily, this test is no longer appropriate: adaptivity makes the drop in RSS stochastically much larger than χ2 1 under the null hypothesis.
A significance test for the lasso
Our analysis explicitly accounts for adaptivity, as it must, since the lasso builds an adaptive sequence of linear models as the tuning parameter λ decreases.
A significance test for the lasso
The covariance test explicitly accounts for the adaptive nature of lasso modeling, whereas the usual chi-squared test is not appropriate for adaptively selected models, e.g., those produced by forward stepwise regression.
A significance test for the lasso
This distribution accounts for the adaptive nature of the fitting, which is not true for the usual chi-squared or F test in adaptive least squares fitting, such as forward stepwise.
A significance test for the lasso