- the choice of one form instead of another in a position where either can occur, as of ask instead of tell or with in the phrase ask me.
- the choice of one semantic or syntactic class of words in a construction, to the exclusion of others that do not occur there, as the choice of an animate object for the verb surprise.
Origin of selection
OTHER WORDS FROM selectionse·lec·tion·al, adjectivenon·se·lec·tion, nounre·se·lec·tion, nounsu·per·se·lec·tion, noun
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How to use selection in a sentence
Outside the standard selections, however, it offers options for blending and sculpting to create unique characters that exist outside the possible combinations with pre-designed elements.Meet the eerily realistic digital people made with Epic’s MetaHuman Creator|Stan Horaczek|February 11, 2021|Popular-Science
Kentucky coach John Calipari has made a habit of criticizing the selection committee’s seeding, but that year he had a legitimate beef.Remember Loyola? This Team Is Even Better Than The One That Made The Final Four.|Jake Lourim|February 10, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
The vote came seven months after the club’s members came to a consensus at their July 2020 virtual meeting that the name should be changed and formed an ad hoc committee to propose a selection of new names.Stein Club changes name to Capital Stonewall Democrats|Lou Chibbaro Jr.|February 9, 2021|Washington Blade
When shopping for mittens for the entire clan, resist the urge to buy them in bulk and tailor your selections to the individual needs of each family member.
The two machines, at each of Oakland’s terminals, work like pretty much any modern vending machine — make a selection on the screen and reach down to pick up your choice.For $149, this Oakland Airport vending machine dispenses covid tests|Rachel Lerman|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
The program has not made a final selection on which upgrades will actually be included in future versions of the F-35.
Mary is rarely just Mary in this selection—she is almost always depicted with her newborn or dead son.
The lucky recipient gets to choose from a selection of gifts ranging from cocktail kits to packages of wine and premium spirits.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That the selection process is even being discussed and written about marks something of a unique moment in American politics.
Its members would not be beholden to any special interest groups, at all, for their selection.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?|Michael Schulson|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The significance of time is determined by the movement of any selection, or, in other words, the rhythm.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
At the close of the reception a band of Philippine musicians played a selection of graceful airs of their native isles.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
This selection was unfortunate; good strategist and organiser, he was not the man the Emperor required.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
But in doing this, the intention and power of selection guided by sound judgment at once asserted itself.Antonio Stradivari|Horace William Petherick
But few varieties are used, and there seems to be but little taste manifested in the selection of the "dust."
British Dictionary definitions for selection
- the act of free-selecting
- a tract of land acquired by free-selection