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Assimilation (from Latin assimilatio; "to render similar") may refer to more than one article:

  • Assimilation (linguistics), a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
  • Cultural assimilation, the process whereby a minority group gradually adapts to the customs and attitudes of the prevailing culture
  • Assimilation (biology) the conversion of nutrient into the fluid or solid substance of the body, by the processes of digestion and absorption
  • Assimilation (meteorology), the process of objectively adapting the model state (of a numerical weather prediction model) to observations in a statistical optimal way taking into account model and observation errors.
  • Assimilation (philosophy), incorporation of new concepts into existing schemes
  • Assimilation (sociology), the blending or fusing of minority groups into the dominant society

See also

  • Assimilating race in science fiction
    • Assimilation (Star Trek), process used by the fictional Star Trek Borg race to integrate a being into their collective structure
    • Biological assimilation is also used by the Zerg spawn in the StarCraft series as a way of incorporating the genetics of other species into their own genepool.
    • In Superman, assimilation is the method of being stabbed or injected with kryptonite
  • In psychoanalysis, a mutual penetration of conscious and unconscious contents
  • In Piagetian developmental psychology, one of the twin processes whereby concepts are modified (along with accommodation)
  • In computer science, the modification of anti-virus software to detect a new virus
  • In typesetting, the symmetry property possessed in varying degrees by a typeface that creates mirror relationships and other similarities of form between letters
  • L'assimilande, a novel by Paul Laurendeau about fast-paced linguistic assimilation triggered by a technical device called the glottophore.


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also assimilation




  • IPA: /ʔasimilaˈtsi̯oːn/


Assimilation f. (genitive Assimilation, plural Assimilationen)

  1. assimilation


Related terms

Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

Assimilation can mean:

  • Assimilation (linguistics), in studying language, the way a sound in a word becomes closer to a neighboring sound.
  • Assimilation (biology), changing a nutrient into the fluid or solid substance of the body, through digestion and absorption.
  • Cultural assimilation, the way a smaller group of people gradually copies the customs and attitudes of the larger culture around it. For cultural assimilation of Native Americans in the United States, see Americanization (of Native Americans).
  • Assimilation (Star Trek), the way the fictional Star Trek Borg race brings a being into their group structure
  • The Zerg method of evolving, also called infest(ing)
  • Media and ethnicity
  • Accommodation in Jean Piaget's theory of loserness
  • In psychoanalysis, when conscious and unconscious contents penetrate one another
  • In computer science, the changing of anti-virus software to find a new virus
  • In typesetting, the amount that a typeface can make mirror images and other similarities between letters


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