evolution

[ ev-uh-loo-shuhn or, esp. British, ee-vuh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF evolution
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And this brings me to an important factor in the case: the factor of evolution.

That was the second stage in the evolution of bread in this country.

No other city in course of evolution has ever furnished such a spectacle.

And nothing they do can prevent the evolution from continuing.

Anton, you may describe the stages in the evolution of the super-man.

The method of this evolution is a struggle in which the weak perish and the strong survive.

No "evolution," no "involution," no word without sense or meaning.

As the days went by, the evolution of like into love was accelerated.

The female led, and the male followed her in the evolution of life.

From now on, evolution is to be a psychical rather than a physical process.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, "an opening of what was rolled up," from Latin evolutionem (nominative evolutio) "unrolling (of a book)," noun of action from evolvere (see evolve).

Used in various senses in medicine, mathematics, and general use, including "growth to maturity and development of an individual living thing" (1660s). Modern use in biology, of species, first attested 1832 by Scottish geologist Charles Lyell. Charles Darwin used the word only once, in the closing paragraph of "The Origin of Species" (1859), and preferred descent with modification, in part because evolution already had been used in the 18c. homunculus theory of embryological development (first proposed under this name by Bonnet, 1762), in part because it carried a sense of "progress" not found in Darwin's idea. But Victorian belief in progress prevailed (along with brevity), and Herbert Spencer and other biologists popularized evolution.

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