• 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

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