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SIMULATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does simulation mean? 

SIMULATION (noun)
  The noun SIMULATION has 4 senses:

1. (computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program
2. 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)
3. representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
4. the act of giving a false appearance

  Familiarity information: SIMULATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SIMULATION (noun)


Sense 1simulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

computer simulation; simulation

Context example:

a simulation should imitate the internal processes and not merely the results of the thing being simulated

Hypernyms ("simulation" is a kind of...):

technique (a practical method or art applied to some particular task)

framework; model; theoretical account (a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Domain member category:

time-scale factor (the ratio of the simulation time to the time of the real process)

extended time scale; slow time scale ((simulation) the time scale used in data processing when the time-scale factor is greater than one)

fast time scale ((simulation) the time scale used in data processing when the time-scale factor is less than one)


Sense 2simulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("simulation" is a kind of...):

model; modeling; modelling (the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "simulation"):

war game (a simulation of a military operation intended to train military commanders or to demonstrate a situation or to test a proposed strategy)


Sense 3simulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

simulation; model

Hypernyms ("simulation" is a kind of...):

representation (a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "simulation"):

restoration (a model that represents the landscape of a former geological age or that represents and extinct animal etc.)

planetarium (an apparatus or model for representing the solar systems)

mock-up (full-scale working model of something built for study or testing or display)

globe (a sphere on which a map (especially of the earth) is represented)

figure (a model of a bodily form (especially of a person))

roughcast (a rough preliminary model)


Sense 4simulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of giving a false appearance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

pretending; pretense; feigning; simulation; pretence

Context example:

his conformity was only pretending

Hypernyms ("simulation" is a kind of...):

deceit; deception; dissembling; dissimulation (the act of deceiving)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "simulation"):

appearance; show (pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression)

make-believe; pretend (the enactment of a pretense)

affectation; affectedness; mannerism; pose (a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display)

masquerade (making a false outward show)


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