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simulation (n.)

mid-14c., "a false show, false profession," from Old French simulation "pretence" and directly from Latin simulationem (nominative simulatio) "an imitating, feigning, false show, hypocrisy," noun of action from past participle stem of simulare "imitate," from stem of similis "like, resembling, of the same kind" (see similar). Meaning "a model or mock-up for purposes of experiment or training" is from 1954.

Origin and meaning of simulation

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Definitions of simulation

simulation (n.)
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);
simulation (n.)
(computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program;
a simulation should imitate the internal processes and not merely the results of the thing being simulated
Synonyms: computer simulation
simulation (n.)
representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale);
Synonyms: model
simulation (n.)
the act of giving a false appearance;
Synonyms: pretense / pretence / pretending / feigning
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