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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Roomful, an a cappella octet founded in 2009, is a veritable repository of such practices, using amplification and close miking to artistic effect. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: Roomful of Teeth Stretches for a Piano Premiere," 12 Jan. 2018 The technique is known as chirped pulse amplification (CPA), and it's now widely used in physics, chemistry, and medicine. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "2018 physics Nobel Prize honors 3, including first woman in 55 years," 2 Oct. 2018 The two were able to create what's known as a chirped pulse amplification, or CPA, a ultrashort high-intensity laser pulse. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "2018 Physics Nobel Goes to a Trio of Laser Experts," 2 Oct. 2018 Glimmerglass does musicals with full orchestra and no amplification, which makes for a less slick aural experience than one gets in a Broadway theater, but the resulting authenticity is preferable. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "The Glimmerglass Festival and ‘A Quiet Place’ Reviews," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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