Selection is all about choosing. Think about a salad bar: you can make a selection from among several choices, with croutons always being a popular selection.

Inside selection is the word select, "to choose." Selection means the act of choosing, the thing chosen, or the offerings to be chosen from among. Selection can also mean a passage excerpted (or selected) from a longer text. Church services often involve reading a day's selection from the Bible.

Definitions of selection

n the act of choosing or selecting

choice, option, pick
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the choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie
coloration, colouration
choice and use of colors (as by an artist)
(statistics) the selection of a suitable sample for study
conclusion, decision, determination
the act of making up your mind about something
volition, willing
the act of making a choice
the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice
ballot, balloting, vote, voting
a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative
random sampling
the selection of a random sample; each element of the population has an equal chance of been selected
proportional sampling, representative sampling, stratified sampling
the population is divided into subpopulations (strata) and random samples are taken of each stratum
an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out
appointment, assignment, designation, naming
the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
(sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee
the act of deciding to do something
casting lots, drawing lots, sortition
making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner
co-optation, co-option
the selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership)
block vote
a vote proportional in magnitude to the number of people that a delegate represents
cumulative vote
an election in which each person has as many votes as there are positions to be filled and they can all be cast for one candidate or can be distributed in any manner
secret ballot
a vote in which each person's choice is secret but the totaled votes are public
split ticket
a ballot cast by a voter who votes for candidates from more than one party
straight ticket
a ballot cast by a voter who votes for all the candidates of one party
multiple voting
the act of voting in more than one place by the same person at the same election (illegal in U.S.)
casting vote
the deciding vote cast by the presiding officer to resolve a tie
a vote that blocks a decision
a vote cast by writing in the name of a candidate who is not listed on the ballot
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something done (usually as opposed to something said)

n the person or thing chosen or selected

choice, pick
a formal expression
favorite, favourite
something regarded with special favor or liking
doing as one pleases or chooses
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deciding, decision making
the cognitive process of reaching a decision

n an assortment of things from which a choice can be made

“the store carried a large selection of shoes”
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assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety
a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

n a passage selected from a larger work

excerpt, excerption, extract
a short selection from the Prophets read on every Sabbath in a Jewish synagogue following a reading from the Torah
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a selection of passages from different authors that is compiled as an aid in learning a language
analecta, analects
a collection of excerpts from a literary work
clipping, cutting, newspaper clipping, press clipping, press cutting
an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine
cut, track
a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc
citation, quotation, quote
a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
the representation of another person's words in a speech
misquotation, misquote
an incorrect quotation
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a section of text; particularly a section of medium length

n a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment

natural selection, survival, survival of the fittest
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action, activity, natural action, natural process
a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

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