selection-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: the act of choosing among alternatives

Commentary: SELECTION[+action][+choosing][+alternative]
NOTE: refers to the act of choosing, not the thing chosen (Sense 3)

Her selection of a successor to run the firm took about six months.
His selection of a course of action seemed brash to outsiders.
Some contestants thought the selection of finalists in the beauty pageant was unfair.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an assortment of things, a varied collection

Commentary: SELECTION[+entity][+group][+collection][+varied]
NOTE: refers to the set of possibilities, not the one that is actually chosen (Sense 3)

The menu offers an interesting selection of both hot and cold dishes.
This store carries a large selection of shoes.
This restaurant has a rather limited selection of French and Italian wines.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a choice, a preferred alternative

Commentary: SELECTION[+entity][+choice] [+relation][+alternative][+preferred]
NOTE: refers to the object chosen, not the activity of choosing (Sense 1)

John was their selection for governor.
The selection she sang for us was a Dvorak aria.
The child was unhappy with his selection of candy and wanted a different piece.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: a process of natural genetic propagation, survival of the fittest

Commentary: SELECTION[+activity][+process][+propagation][+survival]

Natural selection has led to diverse species occupying different environmental niches.
Mendel studied the selection of various attributes of pea plants across many generations of them.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: a written excerpt or passage

Commentary: SELECTION[+entity][+artifact][+writing][+excerpt]
NOTE: refers to text passages of some form

The pastor read selections from the Old Testament during his sermon.
The volume contains selections from the author's early poems.
John often uses brief selections from Mark Twain and Shakespeare in his after-dinner speeches.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5