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

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One was to danah boyd’s excellent speech on media manipulation, strategic amplification, and responsible journalism. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rise of YouTube’s reactionary right," 24 Sep. 2018 Racist comments about Meghan highlight how the internet can promote the amplification of society’s ugliest side while letting people to spread hate and prejudice anonymously. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How the Internet’s Obsession with the Royal Family Turned Toxic," 10 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, down in Fullerton, Calif., another young fellow had been zapped by the amplification bug as well. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘The Birth of Loud’ Review: Constructive Feedback," 17 Jan. 2019 Not only was the amplification serviceable, but the backdrop enhanced the experience: The skyline of midtown Manhattan bounced light off the low-lying clouds, with the Chrysler Building peeping between the high-rises on Central Park South. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "The Pleasures and Perils of Outdoor Performances," 27 July 2018 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

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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 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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