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From Latin sēlēctiō (the act of choosing out, selection), from sēlēctus, perfect passive participle of sēligō (choose out, select), from sē- (apart) + legō (gather, select).


  • IPA(key): /səˈlɛkʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛkʃən


selection (countable and uncountable, plural selections)

  1. The process or act of selecting.
    The large number of good candidates made selection difficult.
  2. Something selected.
    My final selection was a 1934 Chateau Lafite.
  3. A variety of items taken from a larger collection.
    I've brought a selection of fine cheeses to go with your wine.
  4. A musical piece.
    For my next selection, I'll play Happy Birthday in F-sharp minor.
  5. (databases) A set of data obtained from a database using a query.
  6. (linguistics) The ability of predicates to determine the semantic content of their arguments. Wp
  7. (programming) A list of items on which user operations will take place. Wp
  8. (algebra) A unary operation that denotes a subset of a relation.
  9. (historical) The free selection before survey of crown land in some Australian colonies under land legislation introduced in the 1860s. Wp
  10. (biology) The stage of a genetic algorithm in which individual genomes are chosen from a population for later breeding. Wp
  11. (biology) Ellipsis of natural selection.
    • 1859 November 24, Charles Darwin, “Natural Selection”, in On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, [], London: John Murray, [], →OCLC, page 109:
      Slow though the process of selection may be, if feeble man can do much by his powers of artificial selection, I can see no limit to the amount of change, to the beauty and infinite complexity of the coadaptations between all organic beings, one with another and with their physical conditions of life, which may be effected in the long course of time by nature’s power of selection.


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