amplification

noun
am·​pli·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce amplification (audio) \

Definition of amplification

1a : an act, example, or product of amplifying
b : a usually massive replication of genetic material and especially of a gene or DNA sequence (as in a polymerase chain reaction)
2a : the particulars by which a statement is expanded
b : an expanded statement

Examples of amplification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But while the megaphones of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were once considered relatively benign, people now widely recognize that the amplification is abused widely, and that the body politic has suffered. Steven Levy, Wired, "eBay’s Harassment Campaign Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum," 19 June 2020 That amplification invites a surprising comparison. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Get a first look at Judi Dench and Dan Stevens in Blithe Spirit," 15 June 2020 Sometimes, shutting up and creating space for those with far more at stake, whose voices deserve amplification, is the move. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: MLB response to George Floyd killing exposes its limitations as a social institution," 4 June 2020 When platforms optimize algorithms for attention, or use their ample tools to allow targeting of harmful content to vulnerable communities, the benefits of amplification accrue disproportionately to harmful content. Roger Mcnamee, Time, "Facebook Cannot Fix Itself. But Trump's Effort to Reform Section 230 Is Wrong," 4 June 2020 Reporters at The New York Times found hundreds of accounts that have engaged in such amplification and also demonstrated other suspicious behavior. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: 'Make the hire. Send the wire' has emerged as a rallying cry for Silicon Valley's black leaders," 3 June 2020 There are antibody and antigen tests with signal amplification (a method called ELISA), but these take one to two hours. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "How rapid can coronavirus tests get?," 26 May 2020 That term—20:1 muscular amplification—is a little misleading. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Sarcos offers fully mobile, insanely strong industrial exoskeletons," 22 Jan. 2020 Cohen describes the erosion of individual protections and the amplification of corporate power in areas as diverse as criminal justice, business and employment law, and voting rights. Michael O’donnell, The Atlantic, "The Supreme Court’s Enduring Bias," 29 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of amplification

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of amplification was in 1546

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24 Jun 2020

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“Amplification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amplification. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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amplification

noun
am·​pli·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce amplification (audio) \

Medical Definition of amplification

1 : an act, example, or product of amplifying
2 : a usually massive replication of genetic material and especially of a gene or DNA sequence (as in a polymerase chain reaction)

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