am·​pli·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

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

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Some of us have been warning for years that the (paranoid, white nationalist) right-wing fringe was, via the amplification of Fox News and its brethren, taking over the GOP. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 Tech for Campaigns sees its role as behind-the-scenes amplification. New York Times, "4,500 Tech Workers, 1 Mission: Get Democrats Elected," 13 July 2018 The amplification of the video has already led to one arrest, with more possibly coming. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Child porn went viral on Facebook, and police say its creator has been charged," 6 Feb. 2018 And even though climate models have been successful at predicting climate change observed so far, uncertainties remain for even some fast responses, like clouds or the amplification of warming at the poles. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, "What happened last time it was as warm as it’s going to get later this century?," 18 June 2018 The major perpetrators are the speakers, posted in the audience area, which provide unnecessary amplification. Tom Titus,, "Rock, revenge clash on SCR stage," 12 Mar. 2018 There’s no question that the amplification of misinformation or propaganda ... On Facebook. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Fog Creek Software CEO Anil Dash answers all the questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 8 July 2018 Exactly five years later, the Black Lives Matter movement is a quintessential example of a movement that's found successful amplification through social media. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "How social media has shaped Black Lives Matter, five years later," 12 July 2018 The first season, which was relatively faithful to the book, was chilling and validating, an amplification of and a vessel for nagging fears and frustrations. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Is Brutal and Not Much Else," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of amplification

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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am·​pli·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌam-plə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

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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