Definition of selection in English:

selection

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action or fact of carefully choosing someone or something as being the best or most suitable.

    ‘such men decided the selection of candidates’
    ‘some local Tories objected to his selection’
    • ‘It was a first-class test of analysis, selection and integration which demonstrated a student's ability to think clearly before making a judgment.’
    • ‘This is, of course, not by chance, but part of a careful selection of vocabulary and symbols created to contest the existential dilemma.’
    • ‘Rules and procedures relating to selection of candidates were implemented and observed fully by members of the Election Task Force of the Green Party.’
    • ‘The careful selection of color and pattern allows for individual expression.’
    • ‘Standard procedures for candidate selection and nomination often have to be adapted to local conditions.’
    • ‘In a genuine academic debate over selection of facts and their interpretation, people should be graceful enough to accept their folly, if and when it is exposed.’
    • ‘Much of the progress in crop improvement over the past century is a direct result of careful site selection for testing.’
    • ‘The evidence further suggests that careful selection of the potential candidates is crucial.’
    • ‘Recommendations for risk reduction included a careful selection of an evaluation of safe medical devices.’
    • ‘It is different this year in that a lot of team selection is fact.’
    1. 1.1count noun A number of carefully chosen things.
      ‘the publication of a selection of his poems’
      • ‘The orchestra was finishing a selection by Grieg.’
      • ‘The launch of the book honouring the life and work of James McKenna also coincided with the launch of a selection of poems on CD by Desmond Egan.’
      • ‘To help our readers get in where they fit in, we've chosen nonfiction selections that look both back to our past, and forward to our future.’
      • ‘If you fancy a change from the sea theme, there are selections of poems from a number of poets with local connections of one sort or another.’
      • ‘The book is a selection of poems on a variety of themes - nature, magic, human identity, love and home.’
      • ‘The second surprise comes in the chosen selections.’
      • ‘Like so many of the other selections, this unfamiliar arrangement allows us to hear the timeless words and their meaning afresh.’
      • ‘The evening began with a selection of poems and songs from the junior classes and an in-school quiz.’
      • ‘Each poet receives a critical and biographical appraisal and analysis, which is usually followed by a selection of their poems.’
      • ‘Gilmore's standing, in short, could be helped by a fresh selection of her poems.’
      • ‘Dimitrova translated a selection of John Donne poems in 1999.’
      • ‘As the editorial note acknowledges, the interviews are only a selection from those originally gathered.’
      • ‘Perhaps, in the light of such a careful selection of material, editing was not necessary.’
      • ‘The concert was organised by staff and pupils at Woodhouse Grove School and the school's choir and orchestra performed a selection of music with Bradford Cathedral Choir.’
      • ‘Lowden MacCartney, the editor of an early selection of his poems, gave a vivid description of him.’
      • ‘Fans who turn out for the premiere will be treated to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing selections from John Williams' scores for the Star Wars movies.’
      • ‘The selections are arranged by themes and localities.’
      • ‘This text is followed by a selection of translated poems and a glossary of terms.’
      • ‘Meals can be ordered by arranged sets from the menu or selections can be specially arranged from the large assortment of Japanese dishes available.’
      • ‘The evening's programme will also feature an 18-member Youth Orchestra playing selections from Broadway favourites.’
      anthology, assortment, choice, miscellany, medley, pot-pourri, collection, assemblage
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    2. 1.2count noun A range of things from which a choice may be made.
      ‘the restaurant offers a wide selection of hot and cold dishes’
      • ‘By varying the components of the gel, Mentor is able to produce a wide selection of products ranging from a very soft to a very firm consistency.’
      • ‘The menu is extensive, offering a wide selection of fish dishes, lamb, beef and duck.’
      • ‘The menu offered a wide selection of large and small snacks.’
      • ‘Their company offers a wide selection of tiles and a number of related services.’
      • ‘Even with a reduced number of stalls, visitors were offered a varied selection of goods, ranging from walking sticks to photograph albums, and candyfloss to doughnuts.’
      • ‘‘You need a good selection for a wide range of suitable purposes,’ he said.’
      • ‘There are also several hospitals with world-class facilities managed by hospitals based abroad and bookstores with a broad selection of publications.’
      • ‘The menu has a wide selection on offer, with everything from children's meals and snacks to comfort food and fresh seafood and game cooked with a contemporary twist.’
      • ‘Because of his various vineyard holdings throughout the south of France, Chapoutier is able to offer a wide selection of wines at all price levels.’
      • ‘One of the good things about investing is that there is a wide selection of options, some of which do not require you to have a large amount of cash.’
      • ‘A wide selection of vegetables ranges from the familiar to the less so.’
      • ‘The result is recipes that offer a wider selection of foods, including a range of indulgent puddings, but still enable you to eat healthily and lose weight.’
      • ‘The menu offers a wide selection of French dishes, such as the French Onion Soup Au Gratin and Chicken Bordelaise Au Grand Marnier.’
      • ‘The menu offers a wide selection of tapas, a few takes on paella and a couple of steak-and-pasta dishes, presumably for boyfriends more used to wings.’
      • ‘Also on offer was a wide selection of coffee and tea.’
      • ‘It is considered to be one of the world's most beautiful capitals, offering visitors a wide selection of sightseeing and outdoor-leisure options.’
      • ‘Even though Papa Ron's Pizza offers a wide selection of toppings, anchovies are not an option.’
      • ‘The pedestrianised town centre offers a wide selection of household names and specialist retailers.’
      • ‘A wide selection of hot or non-peppery dishes are available, such as the savoury sour peeled shrimp and crispy rice.’
      • ‘The menu offers a wide selection of fish and seafood, as well as vegetarian dishes and, if that's not tempting enough, a blackboard lists the day's specials.’
      choice, pick, option, preference, election
      range, array, diversity, display, variety, assortment, mixture, line-up, set, repertoire
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    3. 1.3count noun A horse or horses tipped as worth bets in a race or meeting.
      ‘I make Dayflower the selection for the Irish 1000 Guineas’
      • ‘The selection, who didn't enjoy the run of the race, finished like a train to get within three parts of a length of the brilliant Godolphin horse Fantastic Light.’
      • ‘Distinctive Dream is the selection in the feature race at Ripon, the £10,000 Tote Trifecta Sprint Handicap.’
      • ‘Previously, the selection won a conditions race very easily over three miles at Gowran Park and dropping down four furlongs in trip and going left-handed are in his favour.’
      • ‘With 7 tipsters for 8 races they would regularly average between 7 and 12 winning selections.’
    4. 1.4count noun Data highlighted on a computer screen for a particular operation.
      ‘your selection may not contain two different data types’
      • ‘Expand the selection 4 pixels and make the selection a work path.’
      • ‘When I return to the main category menu, the previous selection should stay highlighted, making it easier to select the next video profile.’
      • ‘As you move your mouse over the drop down menu, each selection is highlighted.’
  • 2Biology
    A process in which environmental or genetic influences determine which types of organism thrive better than others, regarded as a factor in evolution.

    ‘there has been more than enough time for selection to generate specific DNA sequences of the required length’
    • ‘The fixation of weakly selected mutations can be greatly influenced by strong directional selection at linked loci.’
    • ‘A positive coefficient indicates that directional selection is acting to increase that trait.’
    • ‘Positive directional selection was detected for most of the internal branches harboring an accelerated rate of evolution.’
    • ‘If so, we might expect that relaxation of purifying selection has not occurred.’
    • ‘We found evidence for purifying selection acting to constrain functional divergence between paralogous genes.’
  • 3NZ Australian historical The action of choosing and acquiring plots of land for small farming on terms favourable to the buyer.

    ‘blocks ranging in area from 158 to 3,102 acres have been thrown open for selection’
    • ‘More than two-thirds of the region has been subdivided in waves of land selection and subdivision which started in the 1880s.’
    • ‘However, when the selections for the rural lands took place, the reserves were not mentioned.’
    • ‘The Hundred of Appila, which had been previously part of Wirrabara Station, was proclaimed in 1871 and opened up for selection in 1872.’
    1. 3.1count noun A plot of land acquired by selection.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin selectio(n-), from seligere ‘select by separating off’ (see select).

Pronunciation

selection

/sɪˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/