clone

noun
\ ˈklōn How to pronounce clone (audio) \

Definition of clone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the aggregate of genetically identical cells or organisms asexually produced by or from a single progenitor cell or organism
b : an individual grown from a single somatic cell or cell nucleus and genetically identical to it
c : a group of replicas of all or part of a macromolecule and especially DNA clones of identical recombinant DNA sequences
2 : one that appears to be a copy of an original form : duplicate a clone of a personal computer

clone

verb
cloned; cloning

Definition of clone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to propagate a clone from
2 : to make a copy of

intransitive verb

: to produce a clone

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Other Words from clone

Noun

clonal \ ˈklō-​nᵊl How to pronounce clone (audio) \ adjective
clonally \ ˈklō-​nə-​lē How to pronounce clone (audio) \ adverb

Verb

cloner \ ˈklō-​nər How to pronounce clone (audio) \ noun

Did You Know?

Cloning is the production of a population of genetically identical cells or of organisms asexually produced by a single cell or organism. Cloning is fundamental to most living things, since the body cells of plants and animals are clones that come from a single fertilized egg. More narrowly, the term refers to an individual organism grown from a single body cell of its parent that is genetically identical to the parent. Cloning has been commonplace in horticulture since ancient times — many varieties of plants are cloned simply by obtaining cuttings of their leaves, stems, or roots and replanting them. The body cells of adult humans and other animals are routinely cultured as clones in the laboratory. British researchers achieved the first success in cloning an adult mammal in 1996. They produced a lamb, which they named Dolly, using DNA from an adult sheep.

Examples of clone in a Sentence

Noun the clone of an adult female sheep the car is a clone under a different brand name—it's even manufactured in the same plant as its cousin Verb Do you think scientists should clone humans? a plant produced by cloning
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Indeed, the Hong Kong dollar is just a clone of the greenback. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, "Hanke’s Inflation Dashboard: Venezuela Still Leads," 28 Dec. 2020 The Mandalorian, where he's played by Temuera Morrison, who portrayed Boba's father/clone Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequels. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Star Wars' Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch dies at 75," 17 Dec. 2020 The trackless, dark ride will be a near-clone of one operating at Walt Disney Studios theme park in France. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney: Epcot hasn’t revved up ‘Ratatouille’ ride yet," 27 Nov. 2020 So in the wake of TikTok's woes with the Trump administration, the social network introduced what many in the press expected to be another clone, this one for Instagram, a feature called Reels. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Tech that's so 2020: Why Google, PS5 make our Tech Turkeys list this year," 23 Nov. 2020 The domestic currency, which is issued by a currency board, is backed 100 percent with anchor currency reserves, so the local currency is simply a clone of its anchor currency. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 9," 13 Nov. 2020 Steed would rather see Tuberville stake out his own philosophy than be a Trump clone. al, "US Senate race in Alabama: Why the nation is watching Doug Jones vs. Tommy Tuberville," 1 Nov. 2020 That's the actor who played Jango Fett, who Boba is a clone of. Brendan Morrow, TheWeek, "The Mandalorian brings us a Star Wars return reveal that actually worked," 30 Oct. 2020 First, Grande and her dancers appear as a group of scientists in a vintage-style control room, running tests on a robot clone of the singer. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ariana Grande Transforms into a Fembot in Her "34+35" Music Video," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So, in order to create the illusion that GitHub CEO Nat Friedman made a commit to the GitHub DMCA repo, the unknown individual first needed to clone the DMCA repository. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "GitHub’s source code was leaked on GitHub last night… sort of," 5 Nov. 2020 If, however, an antibody created by a B cell happens to match some part of an antigen, that B cell will not just survive but clone itself. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Hacks the Immune System," 2 Nov. 2020 The authors claim these strains could have been used as a template to clone a deadlier virus. Monique Brouillette, National Geographic, "Why misinformation about COVID-19’s origins keeps going viral," 18 Sep. 2020 Decades later, plans to clone Asiatic cheetahs also came to naught. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "After Decades-Long Battle, Cheetahs Can Be Reintroduced in India," 28 Jan. 2020 This technique was famously used to clone Dolly the sheep in 1996. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Every Sumatran rhino has died in Malaysia. Scientists want to bring them back with cloning technology," 14 Aug. 2020 Hackers have long been able to clone building access badges, which are also based on RFID technology, and there are new concerns that employers could use the microchips to spy on workers. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Michigan Makes Worker Microchips Voluntary ... Wait, What?," 1 July 2020 An entire cottage industry was created after his death to essentially clone him through impersonation—Bruce Le and Bruce Li were the two most prominent imitators in film. Danny Chau, The Atlantic, "What It Means to Understand Bruce Lee," 22 June 2020 The trick for scientists at Vir is to identify these neutralizing antibodies, harvest, purify and clone them. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Efforts at coronavirus vaccines and treatments abound in the Bay Area," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of clone

Noun

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1930, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for clone

Noun

Greek klōn twig, slip; akin to Greek klan to break — more at clast

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Time Traveler for clone

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The first known use of clone was in 1903

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Last Updated

12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Clone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clone. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for clone

clone

noun
How to pronounce clone (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of clone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

biology : a plant or animal that is grown from one cell of its parent and that has exactly the same genes as its parent
: a product (such as a computer) that is a copy of another product produced by a well-known company
: a person or thing that appears to be an exact copy of another person or thing

clone

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clone (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make an exact copy of (a person, animal, or plant) : to make a clone of (something or someone)

clone

noun
\ ˈklōn How to pronounce clone (audio) \

Medical Definition of clone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the aggregate of genetically identical cells or organisms asexually produced by a single progenitor cell or organism
2 : an individual grown from a single somatic cell or cell nucleus and genetically identical to it
3 : a group of replicas of all or part of a macromolecule and especially DNA

Other Words from clone

clonal \ ˈklōn-​ᵊl How to pronounce clone (audio) \ adjective
clonally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce clone (audio) \ adverb

clone

verb
cloned; cloning

Medical Definition of clone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to propagate a clone from frogs have been successfully cloned by transplanting nuclei from body cells to enucleated eggs

intransitive verb

: to produce a clone

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