- imitation or enactment, as of something anticipated or in testing.
- the act or process of pretending; feigning.
- an assumption or imitation of a particular appearance or form; counterfeit; sham.
- Psychiatry. a conscious attempt to feign some mental or physical disorder to escape punishment or to gain a desired objective.
- the representation of the behavior or characteristics of one system through the use of another system, especially a computer program designed for the purpose.
Origin of simulation
Examples from the Web for simulation
It was unpleasant and discombobulating: a simulation of hostage-taking, mental asylum and demented dreamscape all rolled into one.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights
October 7, 2014
Of course, the fact that Tris faces and eviscerates her own anxiety lends the simulation scene a veneer of victory and autonomy.
Like its strange predecessor, the first kiss scene, this simulation nightmare strikes a false note.
It crashed after a simulation in which just a few hundred people tried to log on simultaneously.Obama Can’t Blame the Republicans This Time
October 25, 2013
In the simulation, there were multiple attackers, including a truck bomb, suicide bombers and the home-made bombs known as IEDs.The Suspect Remains at Large, But the Lockdown Was a Big Success
April 19, 2013
One of its most deadly weapons is fatigue, or the simulation of fatigue.The Conquest of Fear
In line with this, a simulation of the military is a favorite device.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
The simulation of death, therefore, implies a certain knowledge of death.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
The Italian did not overrate that craft of simulation proverbial with her country and her sex.Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
"They were bad enough," he said, with a simulation of shame.The Folly Of Eustace
Robert S. Hichens
- the act or an instance of simulating
- the assumption of a false appearance or form
- a representation of a problem, situation, etc, in mathematical terms, esp using a computer
- maths statistics computing the construction of a mathematical model for some process, situation, etc, in order to estimate its characteristics or solve problems about it probabilistically in terms of the model
- psychiatry the conscious process of feigning illness in order to gain some particular end; malingering
Word Origin and History for simulation
mid-14c., "a false show, false profession," from Old French simulation "pretence" and directly from Latin simulationem (nominative simulatio) "an imitating, feigning, false show, hypocrisy," noun of action from past participle stem of simulare "imitate," from stem of similis "like" (see similar). Meaning "a model or mock-up for purposes of experiment or training" is from 1954.
- Close resemblance or imitation, as of one symptom or disease by another.
- Assumption of a false appearance.
- Reproduction or representation, as of a potential situation or in experimental testing.