• A select symposium
    A select symposium
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n selection the act of choosing or selecting "your choice of colors was unfortunate","you can take your pick"
    • n selection the person or thing chosen or selected "he was my pick for mayor"
    • n selection a passage selected from a larger work "he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings"
    • n selection an assortment of things from which a choice can be made "the store carried a large selection of shoes"
    • n selection a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first person selected as the Time Magazine Man of the Year - Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
    • Selection That which is selected; a collection of things chosen; as, a choice selection of books.
    • n Selection The act of selecting, or the state of being selected; choice, by preference.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Retirement planning time: Adults spend an average of 16 times as many hours selecting clothes (145.6 hours a year) as they do on planning their retirement.
    • n selection The act of selecting, choosing, or preferring; a choosing or picking out of one or more from a number; choice.
    • n selection A thing or number of things chosen or picked out.
    • n selection In biology, the separation of those forms of animal and vegetable life which are to survive from those which are to perish; the facts, principles, or conditions of such distinction between organisms; also, the actual result of such principles or conditions; also, a statement of or a doctrine concerning such facts; especially, natural selection. See phrases below.
    • n selection The fact of the survival of the fittest in the struggle for existence—which means that those animals and plants which are best adapted, or have the greatest adaptability, to the conditions of their environment do survive other organisms which are less adapted, or less capable of being adapted, to such conditions. This fact rests upon observation, and is unquestionable.
    • n selection The means by which or the conditions under which some forms survive while others perish; the law of the survival of the fittest; the underlying principle of such survival, and the agencies which effect that result. These seem to be mainly intrinsic, or inherent in the organism; and they are correlated, in the most vital manner possible, with the varying plasticity of different organisms, or their degree of susceptibility to modification by their environment. Those which respond most readily to external influence are the most modifiable under given circumstances, and consequently the most likely to be modified in a way that adapts them to their surroundings, which adaptation gives them an advantage over less favored organisms in striving to maintain themselves. Hence (and this is the gist of Darwinian natural selection)
    • n selection The gradual development of individual differences which are favorable to the preservation of the life of the individual, with corresponding gradual extinction of those peculiarities which are unfavorable to that end; also, the transmission of such modified characters to off spring, and so the perpetuation of some species and the extinction of others—a fact in nature respecting which there is no question, since we know that more species, genera, etc., have perished than are now living.
    • n selection The theory of natural selection; any statement of opinion or belief on that subject, which may or may not adequately reflect the facts in the case. Ignorance alike of these facts and of this theory has been fruitful of misunderstandings and objections respecting the latter. Some of its supporters have made of the theory a cause of the facts which it is simply designed to explain; some of its opponents, unconsciously biased perhaps by such other extremists, have denied that the theory has any validity. Between these extremes, the author of the theory states explicitly that it neither originates variability, nor accounts for the origin of variations, in individuals, still less in species; but that, given the origination and existence of variations, it shows that some of these are preserved while others are not; that favorable variations tend to be perpetuated and unfavorable variations to become extinct; that those variations which best adapt an organism to its environment are most favorable to its preservation; and, consequently, that the theory of natural selection is adequate to explain, to some extent, the observed fact of the survival of the fittest in the struggle for existence—that is, natural selection in sense above. Natural selection, in so far as sex is concerned, is specified as sexual selection (see below). The facts and principles of natural selection, as recognized and used by man for his own benefit in his treatment of plants and animals, come under the head of artificial selection (see above). An extension of the theory of natural selection to the origination (as distinguished from the preservation) of individual variations has been named physical selection (see below).
    • n selection Same as free-selection.
    • n selection In Australia, a station; land ‘selected’ or obtained cheaply from the government by a settler; a stock-farm.
    • n selection plural The highest grade of the heavy export tobacco. See export tobacco.
    • n selection A hypothetical struggle for existence among the here litary units in the chromatin of a germ-cell, and the survival of the fittest, and the corresponding modification of the germ-plasm or hereditary substance. See substance of heredity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Selection act of selecting: things selected: a book containing select pieces
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  • Harriet Rosenstein
    Harriet Rosenstein
    “Destiny is something men select; women achieve it only by default or stupendous suffering.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Excellence is best described as doing the right things right -- selecting the most important things to be done and then accomplishing them 100% correctly.”
  • Michael Hanson
    Michael Hanson
    “To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action until the goal is reached. The key is action.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “To select the wrong person for a job is a common mistake; not to remove him/her is a fatal weakness.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “We must select the Illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. selectio,: cf. F. sélection,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. seligĕre, selectumse-, aside, legĕre, to choose.


In literature:

Long selected him to fill a vacancy existing in the Supreme Court.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 6" by Various
I will now read to you a selection from Robert Browning.
"The Jamesons" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Also by selecting where you will live, transportation costs can be controlled.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
All depended upon suitable officers being selected.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Very few practice days were left before the men would be selected for the final game.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
We have already selected No.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Let us select our illustration from the plant world.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
Man's selection affords no clue to Nature's selection, and the best to man is not the best to Nature.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
Natural selection operates in two ways: (1) through a selective death-rate and (2) through a selective birth-rate.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
In the theory of Organic Selection, therefore, we seem to have a positive solution of the question of the origin of instinct.
"The Story of the Mind" by James Mark Baldwin
Black Strength in the Armed Forces for Selected Years.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
Gives the main thought of a selection which he has heard read.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
For the "going out" dress, select soft shades of brown, blue, wine, or dark green.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
The captain points out in advance the selected position in front of the line occupied.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
What is the basis for your selection?
"A Guide to Methods and Observation in History" by Calvin Olin Davis
The breeders were selected with almost exclusive reference to the quality of the fleece.
"Sheep, Swine, and Poultry" by Robert Jennings
The selection of a practical fingering is, of course, of paramount importance for a good legato touch.
"Piano Playing" by Josef Hofmann
The following list of subjects is the result of careful selection.
"Macmillan & Co.'s Catalogue. April 1888" by Macmillan & Co.
A few were selected as hunters, and these were free to come and go, as their calling required.
"Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier" by Frances Fuller Victor
It is not an easy task to select appropriate stories and readings for the young.
"Farm Boys and Girls" by William Arch McKeever

In poetry:

How very desirous to select a place where,
With fine gravelled walks, and high iron rail,
Where gay roses grow with profusion and care,
To inter the body so frail!
"Bring Flowers" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
And ever may the sacred nine,
Lead thee to their embrace,
Inspire thy song with themes divine,
Choice gems select from nature's mine,
Enriched with matchless grace.
"Emma Alice Browne" by James McCauley
But smiles come not again to Eve,
Nor brightens off her dark reflection:
Her garland-crown she hath ceased to weave,
And, plucking, maketh no selection;
Only to grieve.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Poor bullocky Bill! In the circles select
Of the scholars he hasn’t a place;
But he walks like a man, with his forehead erect,
And he looks at God’s day in the face.
"Bill the Bullock-Driver" by Henry Kendall
Next comes little Moggy, our dear little Moggy,
But before she is brought out to view,
We'll new colors select, add fresh tints to the whole,
And spread all on our pallet anew.
"My S.S. Class" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Dear sober emptyers o' the glass!
Behold your goddess -- wife or lass,
De'il hae me gin I ken;
But weel I wat gin a' be true
That here she speaks, ye select few
Are unco kind o' men
"To The Members Of The Sober Society; Sent To The Same With An Engraving" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

An Inside Look at Air-Filter Selection.
The band will play patriotic, classical, swing, show tunes and other selections.
National Air Transportation Association Selects New President.
AAR Selected to Extend Airlift Support for US Military.
Milwaukee County Parks Department will harvest the selected tree at no cost to the owner in early November.
A Framingham State College professor has been selected to receive a Fulbright Scholar Program fellowship, and will spend a semester next spring teaching in Argentina.
Bar Food, Breweries/Beer Gardens, Notable Beer Selection, Restaurant & Bar.
The problem is that's algorithm is more sophisticated than's stuff selection.
When building portfolios, certain investors consider their personal values as part of the investment selection process.
Avis adds 'Select and Go'.
Travel to Sarasota, Fla. Avis adds 'Select and Go'.
SAIC selected for architectural and engineering design services at Lajes Field, Azores .
Select members of high school students will be performing at the event.
Selection of China's new leadership is done through public show, backroom politicking.
McLean and yes, even Kevin Richardson, reunited for the first time in six years to perform a selection of their biggest hits during a Friday Good Morning America concert in New York City's Central Park.

In science:

Soc. 2008, 130, 6551-6555. 157. Li, X. L.; Tu, X. M.; Zaric, S.; Welsher, K.; Seo, W. S.; Zhao, W. and Dai, H. J. Selective synthesis combined with chemical separation of single-walled carbon nanotubes for chirality selection. J.
Carbon Nanotubes in Biology and Medicine: in vitro and in vivo Detection, Imaging and Drug Delivery
On the one hand, we select, either globally or locally in a decreasing order, axial lines from the first longest, the second longest,…, so that all the selected lines are the longest ones.
AxialGen: A Research Prototype for Automatically Generating the Axial Map
Step PI1 selects the least index φt such that clause Φφt is all-negative but contains no variable from the Zt−1 of variables that have been selected to be set to false so far.
A better algorithm for random k-SAT
The inverted photon veto used to select events for the Kπ2 target-scatter normalization branch would have also selected Kπ2γ events.
Study of the decay K+ => pi+,nu,nubar in the momentum region 140
Using the technique described in the previous sections, we have selected a chain of volume-limited samples and we have plotted radio luminosity in each redshift range selected.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution
The atomic density locally selects amongst the cavity modes by crystallizing into the “black or white squares” of the selected mode.
Emergent superfluid crystals, frustration, and topologically defected states in multimode cavity QED
These two consecutive spin measurements will be performed, respectively, at two times randomly selected among three standing times t1 , t2 , and t3 , along two directions randomly selected among three standing directions given by the above three unit 3-vectors ~a, ~b, ~c.
The fail of determinism and the limits of Bohm hidden variable theory
Pre-selection and selection criteria are also described in the text.
Natural fourth generation of leptons
Depending on the selection techniques, mainly two classes of galaxies are found: Lyman Break Galaxies (LBGs) selected by their UV continuum break, and Lyman-Alpha Emitters (LAEs) selected upon their Lyα emission line.
On The Origin of Lyman-alpha Absorption in Nearby Starbursts and Implications for Other Galaxies
In this algorithm, for every set of consecutive occurrences, if the start time is after the end time of the last selected occurrence then we select this occurrence, otherwise we skip it and go to the next occurrence. B.
Accelerator-Oriented Algorithm Transformation for Temporal Data Mining
First, we could select knots from the 1995 image based on some biased idea of where the knots should be, and the selected knots would then confirm the bias.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
In Figure 4 we give the results obtained when the elements of the matrix eH (ω ) are selected randomly as: eHij (ω ) = Hij (ω ) with probability p, and eHij (ω ) = 0 with probability 1 − p (we also conserved the symmetry eHij (ω ) = eHj i (ω ) during the random selection).
Computational time-reversal imaging with a small number of random and noisy measurements
In general, the normalisation of a term may not terminate, or terminate with different results corresponding to different selected rules, selected sub-terms or non-unicity of the substitution σ .
Verification of Timed Automata Using Rewrite Rules and Strategies
Selection Tool Highlights selected items and handles a few other user interface details.
TinkerCell: Modular CAD Tool for Synthetic Biology
Furthermore, the method of proof shows that this violation occurs with positive probability for a randomly selected subspace, and hence for a randomly selected channel.
Entanglement of random subspaces via the Hastings bound