Definition of Evolution

1. Noun. A process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage). "The slow development of her skill as a writer"

Exact synonyms: Development
Generic synonyms: Physical Process, Process
Specialized synonyms: Assibilation, Deepening, Growth, Flowering, Unfolding
Derivative terms: Develop, Evolve
Antonyms: Devolution

2. Noun. (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms.

Definition of Evolution

1. n. The act of unfolding or unrolling; hence, in the process of growth; development; as, the evolution of a flower from a bud, or an animal from the egg.

Definition of Evolution

1. Noun. (context: general) gradual directional change especially one leading to a more advanced or complex form; growth; development ¹

2. Noun. (biology) The change in the genetic composition of a population over successive generations. ¹

3. Noun. (mathematics) The extraction of a root from a quantity. ¹

4. Noun. (military) One of a series of ordered movements. ¹

5. Noun. (dance sports) A turning movement of the body. ¹

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Definition of Evolution

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Medical Definition of Evolution

1. 1. An unrolling. 2. A process of development in which an organ or organism becomes more and more complex by the differentiation of its parts, a continuous and progressive change according to certain laws and by means of resident forces. Origin: L. Evolutio This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Evolution

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Literary usage of Evolution

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1902)
"THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MIND IN evolution.1 1. Is evolution Progressive?—Most psychologists to-day believe in the evolution of mind, but the character of that ..."

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