[syn: polymorphic, polymorphous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Polymorphic \Pol`y*mor"phic\, a.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: relating to the crystallization of a compound in two or
more different forms; "polymorphous crystallization"
[syn: polymorphous, polymorphic]
2: relating to the occurrence of more than one kind of
individual (independent of sexual differences) in an
interbreeding population; "a polymorphic species" [syn:
3: having or occurring in several distinct forms; "man is both
polymorphic and polytypic"; "a polymorphous god" [syn:
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
The ability to leave parts of a type in a
typed language unspecified. The term has three distinct uses:
* Parametric polymorphism refers to the use of type variables in
a strongly typed language.
* Overloading, sometimes called ad-hoc polymorphism, means
using the same syntax for different types.
* object-orientated polymorphism allows a variable to refer to
objects whose class is not known at compile time.