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NOUN (5)

1. the act of choosing or selecting;
- Example: "your choice of colors was unfortunate"
- Example: "you can take your pick"
[syn: choice, selection, option, pick]

2. an assortment of things from which a choice can be made;
- Example: "the store carried a large selection of shoes"

3. the person or thing chosen or selected;
- Example: "he was my pick for mayor"
[syn: choice, pick, selection]

4. a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment;
[syn: survival, survival of the fittest, natural selection, selection]

5. a passage selected from a larger work;
- Example: "he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings"
[syn: excerpt, excerption, extract, selection]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Selection \Se*lec"tion\, n. [L. selectio: cf. F. s['e]lection.] . The act of selecting, or the state of being selected; choice, by preference. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is selected; a collection of things chosen; as, a choice selection of books. [1913 Webster] Natural selection. (Biol.) See under Natural. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

selection n 1: the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick" [syn: choice, selection, option, pick] 2: an assortment of things from which a choice can be made; "the store carried a large selection of shoes" 3: the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for mayor" [syn: choice, pick, selection] 4: a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment [syn: survival, survival of the fittest, natural selection, selection] 5: a passage selected from a larger work; "he presented excerpts from William James' philosophical writings" [syn: excerpt, excerption, extract, selection]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

100 Moby Thesaurus words for "selection": abstract, acumen, allocation, alternative, alternativity, appointment, assignment, assortment, attribution, batch, categorization, characterization, choice, choosing, co-optation, co-option, collection, culling, decision, denomination, denotation, designation, determination, differentiation, discernment, disclosure, discrimination, draft, drafting, druthers, electing, election, excerpt, excerption, expression, extract, extraction, fingering, first choice, fixing, free choice, free will, gradation, group, grouping, hint, identification, indication, indicativeness, insight, manifestation, meaning, naming, nomination, number, option, ordainment, ordination, passage, pick, picking, picking out, piece, pinning down, placement, pointing, pointing out, pointing to, posting, precision, preference, preoption, quotation, quote, range, ranking, screening, selected passage, selecting, series, set, show, showing, sifting, signification, sorting, sorting out, specification, stipulation, subordination, suggestion, symptomaticness, tabbing, taxonomy, the pick, transferral, triage, variety, volition, will