Definition of "selection" []

  • The act or an instance of selecting or the fact of having been selected. (noun)
  • One that is selected. (noun)
  • A carefully chosen or representative collection of people or things. See Synonyms at choice. (noun)
  • A literary or musical text chosen for reading or performance. (noun)
  • Biology 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. (noun)
  • The act or an instance of selecting or the state of being selected (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A thing or number of things that have been selected (noun)
  • A range from which something may be selected (noun)
  • The natural or artificial process by which certain organisms or characters are reproduced and perpetuated in the species in preference to others (noun)
  • A contestant in a race chosen as likely to win or come second or third (noun)
  • The act of free-selecting (noun)
  • A tract of land acquired by free-selection (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "selection" in a sentence
  • "In addition, the title selection committee "meets every six months.""
  • "This idea was expanded by William D. Hamilton, whose theory of kin selection is based on the concept of inclusive fitness: that is, fitness depends on the number of copies of genes that are preserved and promoted from generation to generation, rather than the number of individuals that carry and transmit them."
  • "On matters of substance -- especially foreign policy -- the Palin selection is a joke, especially after the intensely serious, substantive speech that Obama gave last night."