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select

[si′lekt]
(computer science)
To choose a needed subroutine from a file of subroutines.
To take one alternative if the report on a condition is of one state, and another alternative if the report on the condition is of another state.
To pull from a mass of data certain items that require special attention; selection of individual cards is accomplished automatically by either the sorter or collator, according to the type of selection.
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A too reflective and diffusive sympathy was in danger of paralysing in him that indignation against wrong and that selectness of fellowship which are the conditions of moral force; and in the last few years of confirmed manhood he had become so keenly aware of this that what he most longed for was either some external event, or some inward light that would urge him into a definite line of action, and compress his wandering energy.
51) Increases in the mean ACT composite score could also be attributable to increasing selectness in the students being tested; however, there is no evidence that such a trend occurred.
Not only has Daniel's "sensibility to the half-known facts of his parentage made him an excuse for lingering longer than others in a state of social neutrality" (1:269), but a "too reflective and diffusive sympathy was in danger of paralyzing in him that indignation against wrong and that selectness of fellowship which are the conditions of moral force" (2:132).