-ation, -ization (-iz[e] + -ation); -isation (British spelling variation)
(Greek > Latin: a suffix; action, act, process, state, or condition; or result of doing something)
Although there are over 1,450 word entries ending with -ation or -ization listed in this unit, there are certainly many more which exist in the English language. At any rate, this unit provides a significant number of -ation and -ization examples for you to see.
2. A home environment, a dwelling area, or a residence: "Jake and his family had a mountain habitation which was far from the noises of a city."
3. A collective group of homes or residences for individuals: "The pioneers built a habitation near the mouth of a river."
"A town or village is one type of habitation, and an individual house in that town or village is another kind."
2. A wandering of the mind or an error, a mistake, or a blunder: The summary of what Greg owed the government for his income tax was considered an obvious hallucination by the man who prepared the report.
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2. Singing in harmony.
3. In international law, the process whereby different countries adopt the same laws.
4. The changing of government regulations and practices, as a result of an international agreement, to make those of different countries the same or more compatible.
For example, with tariffs, this means making tariff rates more similar across industries and/or across countries.
2. The formation of a hernia; a rupture.
2. The state of being reluctant or undecided.
3. A pause, or faltering, in speech which may lead to stammering.
4. Etymology: from Latin hæsitationem, hæsitatio, "irresolution, uncertainty"; from hæsitare, "to stick fast, to stammer in speech, to be undecided"; a recurring action of hærere, "to stick, to cling".
2. A motionless, sleep-like condition characterized by lower body temperature and reduced energy consumption; as well as, heart and breathing rates: In certain climates, snakes find holes or cracks when autumn comes and they sleep in these places in hibernation during the winter; then, when they come out of hibernation, they start hunting for food.
In the course of hibernation, arctic lemmings are able to avoid severity of iciness by confining their life during winter to activities beneath the snow cover.
Some insects go into hibernation as eggs, larvae, nymphs, pupas, or adults. Since they can stand very low temperatures, few of these forms die if the bleak temperatures are within their normal range.
Even rather fragile creatures; such as, some butterflies are able to survive the frosty air in low shrubbery, where they may be completely covered by snow and ice for three or four months of hibernation.
Winter hibernations among reptiles are similar to the hibernations of mammals; however, instead of experiencing long, sustained periods of inertness, some hibernating reptiles move around occasionally to drink water; but they may go without food for several months.
When adders (nonvenomous snakes, such as the milk snake) experience temperatures of about 8°–10° C (46°–50° F), they start to look for suitable places in which to survive. Since these conditions vary, the adders' periods of hibernation extends from 275 days in northern Europe to 105 days in southern Europe, and it is about two weeks in the United Kingdom, where the Gulf Stream provides warmer conditions.
The term hibernation is often loosely used to indicate any state of sustained torpor, inactivity, or dormancy that an organism might exhibit; however, use of the term should be confined only to warm-blooded homoiotherms—i.e., birds and mammals whose feathers or fur serve as insulation to reduce heat radiating from the body and aid in the maintenance of constant body temperatures, which normally are independent of those of the environment.
Hibernation and sleep are somewhat similar in that essential body processes continue during both periods at a lowered level. In sleep, the heart beats less rapidly, and breathing is slower; the body produces less heat, making it necessary for a sleeping person to be protected from the cold with adequate covers.
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2. The process of cellular maturation in which a primitive cell develops into specific cellular tissue types.