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Meaning of ASSIMILATION

Pronunciation:  u`simu'leyshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  in the theories of Jean Piaget: the application of a general schema to a particular instance
  2. [n]  the process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure
  3. [n]  a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
  4. [n]  the process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion
  5. [n]  the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another
  6. [n]  the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
 

ASSIMILATION is a 12 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: absorption, acculturation
 
 See Also: Americanisation, Americanization, biological process, developmental learning, education, Europeanisation, Europeanization, linguistic process, malabsorption, organic process, relationship, social process, Westernisation, Westernization

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\As*sim`i*la"tion\, n. [L. assimilatio: cf. F.
assimilation.]
1. The act or process of assimilating or bringing to a
   resemblance, likeness, or identity; also, the state of
   being so assimilated; as, the assimilation of one sound to
   another.

         To aspire to an assimilation with God. --Dr. H.
                                               More.

         The assimilation of gases and vapors. --Sir J.
                                               Herschel.

2. (Physiol.) The conversion of nutriment into the fluid or
   solid substance of the body, by the processes of digestion
   and absorption, whether in plants or animals.

         Not conversing the body, not repairing it by
         assimilation, but preserving it by ventilation.
                                               --Sir T.
                                               Browne.

Note: The term assimilation has been limited by some to the
      final process by which the nutritive matter of the
      blood is converted into the substance of the tissues
      and organs.

 
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