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 The Q Active range is a true active design with Class D amplification that eliminates the need for a bulky external amplifier or receiver. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Since 2019, Angeli had stood solo outside government buildings, public squares or the building that houses The Arizona Republic and shout long invectives about government corruption in a voice that carried well through walls without amplification. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 21 May 2021 The new directive allows travelers to use any qualifying at-home nucleic acid amplification or antigen test that has been issued an Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2021 And it’s those data-mining tools—the ones that allow for virality, amplification and audience-targeting—that sorely require regulation. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 7 May 2021 No sound amplification is needed for an acoustic guitar, although some electric guitars are considered acoustic-electric. Ivana Chavez, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2021 The McCourt is not a classic concert hall; some amplification is required to make acoustic instruments penetrate what’s essentially an enormous box. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Gurung most recently partnered with designer Phillip Lim to help organize the Running for Protest event in NYC and has continuously used his platform to advocate for the support, solidarity, and amplification of the AAPI community. Julie Tong, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2021 An amplification has been appended to those articles online. WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of amplification

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amplification

borrowed from Latin amplificātiōn-, amplificātiō "act of making greater, enlarging upon (in rhetoric)," from amplificāre "to increase the size of, amplify" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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The first known use of amplification was in 1546

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13 Jun 2021

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“Amplification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amplification. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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