prod·​uct | \ ˈprä-(ˌ)dəkt How to pronounce product (audio) \

Definition of product

1 : the number or expression resulting from the multiplication together of two or more numbers or expressions
2a(1) : something produced especially : commodity sense 1
(2) : something (such as a service) that is marketed or sold as a commodity
b : something resulting from or necessarily following from a set of conditions a product of his environment
3 : the amount, quantity, or total produced

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Examples of product in a Sentence

The company's newest product is selling well. The sap used to make maple syrup is a natural product. This book is the product of many years of hard work. The finished product was a beautiful vase.
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Recent Examples on the Web Large quantities of natural gas liquids like ethane and propane are fed into enormous furnaces and heated to extremely high temperatures, creating smaller hydrocarbon molecules that can be separated and turned into different plastic products. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Plastics Plants Are Poised to Be the Next Big Carbon Superpolluters," 24 Jan. 2020 For example, 1 in 4 people start using tobacco products because of e-cigarettes, according to the report. NBC News, "E-cigarettes lead people to start smoking, surgeon general says," 23 Jan. 2020 Steve Reyntjens, Thermo Fisher’s director of product marketing for cryo-EM, says the company is not resting on its laurels. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "‘We need a people’s cryo-EM.’ Scientists hope to bring revolutionary microscope to the masses," 23 Jan. 2020 Its headquarters was moved to London after GE bought Amersham plc, which makes radiopharmaceutical products used in diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures, in 2003. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GE Healthcare to move as many as 250 jobs from Wisconsin," 23 Jan. 2020 At the Slingshot's pyrotechnics-laden debut in Las Vegas, Polaris CEO Scott Wine told dealers that a company's first product in a given market isn't always perfect right away. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2020 Polaris Slingshot Still Perplexes Us," 23 Jan. 2020 The partisan discord had been the predictable by-product of a partisan House impeachment followed by a partisan set of trial rules that the Senate adopted, along a strictly party-line vote in the trial’s first official business. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Adam Schiff’s Moment," 23 Jan. 2020 Until Friday, the CDC had recommended that people refrain from using all vaping products, including nicotine e-cigarettes. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "CDC backs off recommendation that everyone consider giving up vaping," 17 Jan. 2020 Significantly, the commitment included end-use emissions: the company was agreeing to take responsibility not only for its own operations, but also for how consumers use Shell’s products. Justin Worland, Time, "The Reason Fossil Fuel Companies Are Finally Reckoning With Climate Change," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of product

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for product

in sense 1, from Middle English, from Medieval Latin productum, from Latin, something produced, from neuter of productus, past participle of producere; in other senses, from Latin productum

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The first known use of product was in the 15th century

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27 Jan 2020

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“Product.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of product

: something that is made or grown to be sold or used
: something that is the result of a process
: someone or something that is produced or influenced by a particular environment or experience


prod·​uct | \ ˈprä-dəkt How to pronounce product (audio) \

Kids Definition of product

1 : the number resulting from the multiplication of two or more numbers
2 : something resulting from manufacture, labor, thought, or growth


prod·​uct | \ ˈpräd-(ˌ)əkt How to pronounce product (audio) \

Medical Definition of product

: a substance produced from one or more other substances as a result of chemical change

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prod·​uct | \ ˈprä-ˌdəkt How to pronounce product (audio) \

Legal Definition of product

1 : the result of work or thought
2a : the output of an industry or firm
b : a thing created by manufacturing
3 in the civil law of Louisiana : something (as timber or a mineral) that is derived from something else and that diminishes the substance of the thing from which it is derived — compare fruit sense 2a

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