A rapid learning process by which a newborn or very young animal establishes a behavior pattern of recognition and attraction towards other animals of its own kind, as well as to specific individuals of its species, such as its parents, or to a substitute for these. Ducklings, for example, will imprint upon and follow the first large moving object they observe. In nature, this is usually their mother, but they can be made to imprint upon other moving objects, such as a soccer ball.
(Computers) Relating to or using a problem-solving technique in which the most appropriate solution of several found by alternative methods is selected at successive stages of a program for use in the next step of the program.
Any system of thought or action based on the nature, interests, and ideals of humanity; specif., a modern, nontheistic, rationalist movement that holds that humanity is capable of self-fulfillment, ethical conduct, etc. without recourse to supernaturalism
, in its figurative sense, implies a bringing to light, as by diligent search, of something that has been concealed, lost, or forgotten to unearth old documents, to unearth a secret
implies a finding out, either by chance or by exploration or study, of something already existing or known to others to discover a star, to discover a plot
stresses intention to establish the facts exactly, often so as to settle something in doubt to determine the exact denotation of a word
implies a finding out with certainty, as by careful inquiry, experimentation, or research I ascertained the firm's credit rating
, as considered here, implies a finding out of something, often without conscious effort I learned of their marriage from a friend
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