• Adaptation of the human form
    Adaptation of the human form
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n adaptation (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)
    • n adaptation a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form "the play is an adaptation of a short novel"
    • n adaptation the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
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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
    • Adaptation The act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness. "Adaptation of the means to the end."
    • Adaptation The result of adapting; an adapted form.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adaptation The act of adapting or adjusting; the state of being adapted or fitted; adjustment to circumstances or relations.
    • n adaptation That which is adapted; the result of altering for a different use. Specifically, a play translated or constructed from a foreign language or a novel, and rendered suitable for representation: as, this comedy is a free adaptation from a French author.
    • n adaptation In biology, advantageous variation in animals or plants under changed conditions; the result of adaptability to, and variability under, external conditions; the operation of external influences upon a variable organism, or a character acquired by the organism as the result of such operation. It is regarded as one of two principal factors in the evolution of organic forms, inducing those changes which it is the tendency of the opposite factor, heredity, to counteract, the result in any given case being the balance between adaptation and heredity, or the diagonal of the parallelogram of forces which adaptation and heredity may be respectively considered to represent.
    • n adaptation Same as immunization.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adaptation the act of making suitable: fitness:
    • n Adaptation (biol.) the process of advantageous variation and progressive modification by which organisms are adjusted to the conditions of their life—the perfected result of adaptation being a life in harmony with the environment
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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.”
  • Kearney
    “For organizations and employees alike, the only real security is the ability to grow, change and adapt.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. adaptation, LL. adaptatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. adaptāread, to, and aptāre, to fit.


In literature:

Houses heated by steam, are better adapted to the cultivation of plants.
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
The methods of adaptation are conflict and co-operation.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
This variety is productive, keeps well, and, like the Yellow Globe, is well adapted to hard and shallow soils.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Here was a land, rich in soil, capable of growing any crop, or adapted to give up its bounty in the form of many valuable kinds of produce.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages" by Roger Thompson Finlay
This severe difference in seasonal change has caused profound adaptations in the native life forms.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Many of the hickories, however, are so adaptable to various soils that they often thrive in lands that are sandy, and dry, and almost barren.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
We reply that these are generally cases of more or less special adaptation.
"Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection" by Alfred Russel Wallace
All forms of life are strictly adapted to the conditions of their life, and can persist under these conditions alone.
"Evolution in Modern Thought" by Ernst Haeckel
The orange corn was planted, using an adaptation method somewhat similar to that used with the mockers.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
But the degree of adaptation of species to the climates under which they live is often overrated.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin

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:

Failing to adapt to changing consumer behavior and technology could lead to CUs' demise.
Accessories for thermocouples and RTDs include thermowells, compression mounting fittings, bayonet adapters, and connectors.
Along with cacti , desert-adapted succulents can also be used in a xeriscape.
Audio reviews reflect PW 's assessment of the audio adaptation of a book and should be quoted only in reference to the audio version.
Part 1, the first Ayn Rand adaptation since Gary Cooper took on her chewy dialogue, just opened to shrugs from critics.
The North Oak Cliff restaurant finds its culinary footing with a cozy space and thoughtful, seasonally adaptable menu.
Lab Theater fights 'The Plague' in innovative adaptation of Camus novel.
Steve Chase and Louise Wigglesworth in the Laboratory Theater of Florida's world premiere adaptation of Albert Camus novel "The Plague".
Adapting to a Tissue Site Unseen p563.
Suzanne Goin, who used to work at Berkeley, California's Chez Panisse, adapted these sugar-edged cookies from the Chez Panisse Dessert cookbook.
Adapted from Craig Strong, chef de cuisine, the Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa.
Adapted from 'Los Angeles Classic Desserts' by Grace Bauer.
My son and I recently went to see a modern adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales at the Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta.
To make this pie, I simply adapted a basic Creme Brulée pie, I had to adjust the method to account for the jars as opposed to a basic pie crust.
As securing systems becomes more complex, solution providers are turning to customizable appliances to adapt to an ever-changing threat environment.

In science:

For each call to Adapt, there is a corresponding pair of entries in P : just before Adapt was called, such an entry was read either in EvaluateForward or EvaluateBackward.
Equivalence of the Random Oracle Model and the Ideal Cipher Model, Revisited
For each query to p(·, ·, ·), there was a corresponding call to Adapt: if the query to p occurred in a call to P by the simulator, then we consider the call to Adapt just following this call (as the simulator only queries P right before it adapts).
Equivalence of the Random Oracle Model and the Ideal Cipher Model, Revisited
Adaptive zero-knowledge proofs and adaptively secure oblivious transfer.
Equivalence of the Random Oracle Model and the Ideal Cipher Model, Revisited
As mentioned above, we are essentially changing from variables adapted to the Abel-Jacobi fibration structure of X (N ) to those adapted to its product structure.
Large deviations of empirical measures of zeros on Riemann surfaces
Furthermore, as existing regenerating codes assume a static set of parameters, we define adaptive regenerating codes that can self-adapt.
Repairing Multiple Failures with Coordinated and Adaptive Regenerating Codes