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NOUN (4)

1. the act of imitating the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something suitably analogous (especially for the purpose of study or personnel training);

2. (computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program;
- Example: "a simulation should imitate the internal processes and not merely the results of the thing being simulated"
[syn: simulation, computer simulation]

3. representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale);
[syn: model, simulation]

4. the act of giving a false appearance;
- Example: "his conformity was only pretending"
[syn: pretense, pretence, pretending, simulation, feigning]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Simulation \Sim`u*la"tion\, n. [F. simulation, L. simulatio.] The act of simulating, or assuming an appearance which is feigned, or not true; -- distinguished from dissimulation, which disguises or conceals what is true. [1913 Webster] Syn: Counterfeiting; feint; pretense. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

110 Moby Thesaurus words for "simulation": accordance, acting, adoption, affectation, agreement, alikeness, alliance, analogy, aping, appearance, approach, appropriation, approximation, assimilation, assumption, attitudinizing, bluff, bluffing, borrowed plumes, cheating, closeness, color, coloring, community, comparability, comparison, conformity, copying, correspondence, counterfeiting, deception, delusion, derivation, deriving, disguise, dissemblance, dissembling, dissimulation, emulation, facade, face, fakery, faking, false air, false front, false show, falsity, feigning, feint, following, forgery, four-flushing, fraud, front, gilt, gloss, hit-off, humbug, humbuggery, identity, imitation, impersonation, imposture, impression, infringement, likeness, likening, masquerade, meretriciousness, metaphor, mimesis, mimicking, mirroring, mocking, nearness, onomatopoeia, ostentation, outward show, parallelism, parity, parody, pasticcio, pastiche, pirating, plagiarism, plagiary, playacting, pose, posing, posture, pretense, pretension, pretext, repetition, representation, resemblance, sameness, seeming, semblance, sham, show, similarity, simile, similitude, simulacrum, speciousness, takeoff, taking, varnish, window dressing