[si-lek-shuh n] /sɪˈlɛk ʃən/
an act or instance of selecting or the state of being selected; choice.
a thing or a number of things selected.
an aggregate of things displayed for choice, purchase, use, etc.; a group from which a choice may be made:
The store had a wide selection of bracelets.
Biology. any natural or artificial process that results in differential reproduction among the members of a population so that the inheritable traits of only certain individuals are passed on, or are passed on in greater proportion, to succeeding generations.
Compare , , , .
the act or an instance of selecting or the state of being selected
a thing or number of things that have been selected
a range from which something may be selected: this shop has a good selection of clothes
(biology) the natural or artificial process by which certain organisms or characters are reproduced and perpetuated in the species in preference to others See also natural selection
a contestant in a race chosen as likely to win or come second or third
1620s, “act of selecting,” from Latin selectionem (nominative selectio) “a choosing out, choice, selection,” noun of action from past participle stem of seligere (see select (adj.)). Meaning “thing selected” is from 1805. Biological sense is from 1837; applied to actions of breeders (methodical selection), hence its use by Darwin (natural selection; 1857). French sélection is a 19c. borrowing from English.
selection se·lec·tion (sĭ-lěk’shən)
A natural or artificial process that favors or induces survival and perpetuation of one kind of organism over others that die or fail to produce offspring.
[si-lek-tiv] /sɪˈlɛk tɪv/ adjective 1. having the function or power of ; making a . 2. characterized by , especially fastidious . 3. of or relating to . 4. Electricity, Radio. having good . /ˌnɒnsɪˈlɛktɪv/ adjective 1. (of a school, education system, etc) admitting all pupils regardless of ability; inclusive /sɪˈlɛktɪv/ adjective 1. of or […]
[non-self] /nɒnˈsɛlf/ noun, Immunology. 1. any antigen-bearing foreign material that enters the body and normally stimulates an attack by the body’s immune system (distinguished from ). nonself non·self (nŏn-sělf’) n. That which the immune system identifies as foreign to the body.
[non-self-an-ti-juh n, -jen] /nɒnˈsɛlfˌæn tɪ dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn/ noun, Immunology. 1. any of the antigens present in an individual that originate outside the body (contrasted with ).
[self-guhv-ernd, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈgʌv ərnd, ˈsɛlf-/ adjective 1. governed by itself or having self-government, as a state or community; independent. 2. self-regulating; self-determining. 3. exercising self-restraint or self-control.