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See also: élaboration



From Middle French élaboration. Morphologically elaborate +‎ -ion



elaboration (countable and uncountable, plural elaborations)

  1. The act or process of producing or refining with labor; improvement by successive operations; refinement.
    • 2013 September-October, Henry Petroski, “The Evolution of Eyeglasses”, in American Scientist:
      Digging deeper, the invention of eyeglasses is an elaboration of the more fundamental development of optics technology. The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone, [] .
  2. The natural process of formation or assimilation, performed by the living organs in animals and vegetables, by which a crude substance is changed into something of a higher order
    the elaboration of food into chyme
    the elaboration of chyle, or sap, or tissues
  3. (computing) Setting up a hierarchy of calculated constants in a language such as Ada so that the values of one or more of them determine others further down in the hierarchy.
  4. (electronics) The process of taking a parsed tree of an abstract integrated circuit definition in a language such as Verilog and creating a hierarchy of module instances that ends with primitive (atomic) gates and statements.
  5. (psychology) The level of processing of a message or argument.[1]



  1. ^ Colman, A. (2008). elaboration. In (Ed.), A Dictionary of Psychology. : Oxford University Press,. Retrieved 9 Sep. 2018, from [1]