See also: sélection



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 Lafitte.
  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


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