simulation

A simulation is a representation of something, not the real thing, like the simulation of life in New York City, seen in movies that were shot on Hollywood sound stages and on the streets of Toronto.

A simulation is something that represents something else — it isn't the real thing. At times you might perform a simulation as practice for real life, such as a flight simulation that’s used to train pilots. The word can also be used, often dismissively, to describe something that is a fake, like a simulation of excitement or the simulation of a perfect diamond.

Definitions of simulation
  1. noun
    the act of imitating the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something suitably analogous (especially for the purpose of study or personnel training)
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    war game
    a simulation of a military operation intended to train military commanders or to demonstrate a situation or to test a proposed strategy
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    model, modeling, modelling
    the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale)
  2. noun
    representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)
    synonyms: model
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    figure
    a model of a bodily form (especially of a person)
    globe
    a sphere on which a map (especially of the earth) is represented
    mock-up
    full-scale working model of something built for study or testing or display
    planetarium
    an apparatus or model for representing the solar systems
    restoration
    a model that represents the landscape of a former geological age or that represents and extinct animal etc.
    roughcast
    a rough preliminary model
    diorama
    a three-dimensional representation of a scene, in miniature or life-size, with figures and objects set against a background
    celestial globe
    a globe that is a spherical model of the heavens
    dummy
    a figure representing the human form
    figurehead
    figure on the bow of some sailing vessels
    figurine, statuette
    a small carved or molded figure
    orrery
    planetarium consisting of an apparatus that illustrates the relative positions and motions of bodies in the solar system by rotation and revolution of balls moved by wheelwork; sometimes incorporated in a clock
    marionette, puppet
    a small figure of a person operated from above with strings by a puppeteer
    snowman
    a figure of a person made of packed snow
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    representation
    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  3. noun
    (computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program
    “a simulation should imitate the internal processes and not merely the results of the thing being simulated”
    synonyms: computer simulation
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    technique
    a practical method or art applied to some particular task
    framework, model, theoretical account
    a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process
  4. noun
    the act of giving a false appearance
    synonyms: feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense
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    appearance, show
    pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
    make-believe, pretend
    the enactment of a pretense
    affectation, affectedness, mannerism, pose
    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
    masquerade
    making a false outward show
    attitude
    a theatrical pose created for effect
    radical chic
    an affectation of radical left-wing views and the fashionable dress and lifestyle that goes with them
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    deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation
    the act of deceiving
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