- any alteration in the structure or function of an organism or any of its parts that results from natural selection and by which the organism becomes better fitted to survive and multiply in its environment.
- a form or structure modified to fit a changed environment.
- the ability of a species to survive in a particular ecological niche, especially because of alterations of form or behavior brought about through natural selection.
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So it’s not exactly an adaptation of a book you’ve seen at the library — instead, it’s an imagining of one of Japan’s most famous stories.
My generation must help Gen Z learn to push on the levers of technical, political, cultural, and economic change, and to draw on existential tools or “deep adaptation” in times of crisis.Generation Z is ‘traumatized’ by climate change—and they’re the key to fighting it|matthewheimer|August 19, 2020|Fortune
There’s a lack of public understanding and support for undertaking coastal adaptation actions, Ehrlers said.
When Beyoncé releases music, it’s an event — even when it’s a soundtrack to a live-action adaptation of an animated film.
He listed ways he was hoping the school districts experimented with outdoor spaces and other adaptations to be able to serve students in person.Morning Report: The Criminal Justice World Changed After This Police Shooting|Voice of San Diego|July 30, 2020|Voice of San Diego
A season of Game of Thrones tells its story over ten hours, and only a video game adaptation could match or exceed that.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat|Alec Kubas-Meyer|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In all fairness, too, Marshall has at the ready pretty rational reasons for almost every change he made in this adaptation.
This Jack Clayton adaptation of The Turn of the Screw is one of the rare pictures that does justice to Henry James.
Later, Tarantino would help finance the 1996 movie Curdled, a feature-length adaptation of the short.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary|Marlow Stern|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I asked the Smith brothers to do an adaptation and they did an adaptation of The Death of Jim Loney, another book by Jim Welch.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work|William O’Connor|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dramatic adaptation in expressing various characters, emotions, and motives is potentially very great.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Every new style of dress will admit of adaptation to individual cases, thus producing a pleasing, as well as fashionable effect.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Man was about to be subjected to an extraordinary strain, which he could only meet by an extraordinary adaptation.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris
An adaptation of the electrol device that had appeared on the most modern ships, Harkness knew how to handle it.Astounding Stories, May, 1931|Various
M. Gevaert regards the adaptation of the scheme to the other keys as the result of a gradual process of extension.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music|David Binning Monro
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The gazelle is extremely fast, and the cheetah is even faster. These traits are adaptations-characteristics or behaviors that give an organism an edge in the struggle for survival. Darwinian theory holds that adaptations are the result of a two-stage process: random variation and natural selection. Random variation results from slight genetic differences. For example, one cheetah in a group may be slightly faster than the others and thus have a better chance of catching a gazelle. The faster cheetah therefore has a better chance of being well-fed and living long enough to produce offspring. Since the cheetah's young have the same genes that made this parent fast, they are more likely to be fast than the young of slower cheetahs. The process is repeated in each generation, and thereby great speed becomes an adaptation common to cheetahs. This same process of natural selection, in which the organisms best adapted to their environment tend to survive and transmit their genetic characteristics in increasing numbers to succeeding generations while those less adapted tend to be eliminated, also favors the fastest gazelles. Though evolution, in this case, may be thought of as an arms race, animals may also adapt to their environment in a process known as adaptive radiation, as the so-called Darwin's finches in the Galápagos have done. On the islands, one type of finch gradually gave rise to some 13 different species of birds with differently shaped beaks, each species having adapted to its varying food niches and feeding habits. And, though we seldom think of it, humans also have an impact on an organism's adaptation to its environment. For instance, because of the misuse of antibiotics, some disease-causing bacteria have rapidly adapted to become resistant to the drugs.
Cultural definitions for adaptation
The changes made by living systems in response to their environment. Heavy fur, for example, is one adaptation to a cold climate.