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Modification vs. Adaptation

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  • Modification (noun)

    The form of existence belonging to a particular object, entity etc.; a mode of being. 17th–19th c.

  • Modification (noun)

    the change undergone by a word when used in a construction (for instance am => 'm in I'm) from 17th c.

  • Modification (noun)

    The result of modifying something; a new or changed form. from 17th c.

  • Modification (noun)

    The act of making a change to something while keeping its essential character intact; an alteration or adjustment. from 18th c.

  • Modification (noun)

    A change to an organism as a result of its environment that is not transmissable to offspring. from 19th c.

  • Modification (noun)

    a change to a word when it is borrowed by another language

  • Adaptation (noun)

    The process of adapting something or becoming adapted to a situation; adjustment, modification.

  • Adaptation (noun)

    A change that is made or undergone to suit a condition or environment.

  • Adaptation (noun)

    The process of change that an organism undergoes to be better suited to its environment.

    "maladaptation"

  • Adaptation (noun)

    An instance of an organism undergoing change, or the structure or behavior that is changed.

  • Adaptation (noun)

    The process of adapting an artistic work from a different medium.

  • Adaptation (noun)

    An artistic work that has been adapted from a different medium.

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  • Modification (noun)

    The act of modifying, or the state of being modified; a change; as, the modification of an opinion, or of a machine.

  • Modification (noun)

    Something which has been modified; a modified form or condition; state as modified; as, the various modifications of light; the latest modification of the operating system crashes less frequently.

  • Modification (noun)

    The alteration of the meaning of a word or phrase by another word or phrase; - usually a restriction of the scope of the word modified; as, in the phrase "a billion dollars is a relatively small sum to spend on cancer research" the modification of small by relatively is needed to make the sentence accurate, rather than ludicrous.

  • Adaptation (noun)

    The act or process of adapting, or fitting; or the state of being adapted or fitted; fitness.

  • Adaptation (noun)

    The result of adapting; an adapted form.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Modification (noun)

    the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

  • Modification (noun)

    slightly modified copy; not an exact copy;

    "a modification of last year's model"

  • Modification (noun)

    the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase

  • Modification (noun)

    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another;

    "the change was intended to increase sales"

    "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"

    "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

  • Adaptation (noun)

    a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form;

    "the play is an adaptation of a short novel"

  • Adaptation (noun)

    the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)

  • Adaptation (noun)

    (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)

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