• WordNet 3.6
    • n assimilation in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance
    • n assimilation the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
    • n assimilation a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
    • n assimilation the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
    • n assimilation the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
    • n assimilation the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Assimilation The act or process of assimilating or bringing to a resemblance, likeness, or identity; also, the state of being so assimilated; as, the assimilation of one sound to another. "To aspire to an assimilation with God.""The assimilation of gases and vapors."
    • Assimilation (Physiol) The conversion of nutriment into the fluid or solid substance of the body, by the processes of digestion and absorption, whether in plants or animals. "Not conversing the body, not repairing it by assimilation , but preserving it by ventilation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n assimilation The act or process of assimilating or of being assimilated. Specifically— The act or process of making or becoming like or identical; the act or process of bringing into harmony: followed by to or with.
    • n assimilation In physiology, the act or process by which organisms convert and absorb nutriment, so that it becomes part of the fluid or solid substances composing them.
    • n assimilation In pathology, the supposed conversion, according to an obsolete theory, of the fluids of the body to the nature of any morbific matter.
    • n assimilation In philology, the act or process by which one alphabetic sound is rendered like, or less unlike, another neighboring sound; a lightening of the effort of utterance by lessening or removing the discordance of formation between different sounds in a word, or in contiguous words. The kinds and degrees of assimilation are very various, and include a large part of the historical changes in the phonetic form of words. Examples are assimilate from Latin ad-similare, correction from Latin conrectio, impend from L. in-pendere, Latin rectus from reg-tus, Latin rex(reks) from reg-s, English legs (pronounced legz), reaped (pronounced reapt), and so on.
    • n assimilation In physiology, the conversion of chyle into material suitable for appropriation by the tissues.
    • n assimilation In psychology: The process whereby new contents are received into a given consciousness: a general term covering the processes of fusion, association contrast, recognition, etc.
    • n assimilation In Wundt's terminology, a particular form of the simultaneous association of ideas.
    • n assimilation In petrography, a term used to express the theory that molten magmas, when forced upward into the solid rocks, may, through fusion of included fragments or wall rock, absorb or assimilate a certain amount of these foreign materials, thus changing in some degree the chemical composition of the magma as a whole.
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  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.”
  • E. L. Doctorow
    E. L. Doctorow
    “Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.”
  • William Mckinley
    William Mckinley
    “The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.”
  • Heinrich Heine
    “Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.”
  • Konstantin Stanislavisky
    Konstantin Stanislavisky
    “Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. assimilatio,: cf. F. assimilation,


In literature:

Among his mental faculties the power of assimilation seems to have been developed to an extraordinary degree.
"Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3" by John Addington Symonds
The study of history cannot be assimilated to that of biology.
"Human Nature In Politics" by Graham Wallas
This compost is invigorating to flowers of all kinds, and is so ready for them to assimilate.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
It assimilated itself quietly, and as it were naturally, with what it found.
"The Story Of Ireland" by Emily Lawless
The rapidity with which they become assimilated to the native population is remarkable.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
If not, we waste on them knowledge they cannot assimilate, and torture many of them to death.
"Annie Besant" by Annie Besant
Her food accumulates in her stomach, but is not assimilated.
"Eastern Shame Girl" by Charles Georges Souli
We must preserve the Continent for Races which will assimilate with Ours.
"Letters of Travel (1892-1913)" by Rudyard Kipling
I suppose you will say I did not try to assimilate, and perhaps I did not.
"Ethelyn's Mistake" by Mary Jane Holmes
These extracts show how both Wordsworth and Coleridge assimilated past literary products, and how they glorified them by reproduction.
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. II." by William Wordsworth

In poetry:

Most fitly I'm assimilate
To various things inanimate;
A standing lake, a running flood,
A fixed star, a passing cloud.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
In them these skies and airs—these mountain peaks—Shasta—Nevadas,
These huge, precipitous cliffs—this amplitude—these valleys grand—
To be in them absorb'd, assimilated.
"Song Of The Redwood-Tree" by Walt Whitman

In news:

BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: Now, the problem of intermarriage , especially for American Jews, some of whom fear Christian-Jewish marriages could lead to assimilation and even extinction.
It has long been assumed that any portrait of American Jews must tell us a story about an aging, liberal population that is rapidly assimilating.
We've already assimilated kalbi tacos.
Pundits continue to debate her multicultural vision and the competing idea of melting-pot assimilation, but for most immigrants, the process is more complicated: a personal journey, not an ideological stance.
But she's not abandoning the idea of assimilating immigrants in Germany.
Van's Restaurant is the Vietnamese version of a greasy-spoon diner, the type of place parents would force their kids to go and now take their successful, assimilated grandchildren.
In fact, cooking or heating your foods to over 105 degrees can kill important nutrients, enzymes, and natural probiotics needed to properly digest and assimilate the complete nutrition that food offers naturally.
Residential integration, immigrant assimilation and intermarriage could all affect the political landscape in unpredictable ways.
"It's a good symbol of assimilation.".
Although most of this support has been unconditional, some have suggested that Sikhs assimilate and avoid danger by removing their turbans .
Bengalis assimilate in ' Unaccustomed Earth'.
Now that consensus seems to be emerging that intermarriage does not equal assimilation/demographic disaster, is the latest conventional wisdom that it causes one to turn against Israel.
Tony Alleyne needs to get assimilated to a non-Star Trek living space.
A two-year old report suggested that one type of bacteria could survive by assimilating arsenic – a finding that held implications for the search for life in the cosmos.
Societal markers show American races are assimilating, expert says, it's just not evident at baseball games.

In science:

Of course, short assimilation window is not appropriate to identify internal model’s parameters.
Boundary conditions control for a Shallow-Water model
We have already shown on the example of the total mass evolution that short assimilation windows may lead to a wrong model behavior.
Boundary conditions control for a Shallow-Water model
However, choosing a long assimilation window require much computer time.
Boundary conditions control for a Shallow-Water model
Figure 6: The model initial state corresponding to the 1st of May 1992 obtained by data assimilation: velocity (left), sea surface elevation (right).
Boundary conditions control for a Shallow-Water model
The solution with optimal discretization remains closer to observational data after the assimilation end than the solution with optimal initial conditions.
Boundary conditions control for a Shallow-Water model