propagation

noun

prop·​a·​ga·​tion ˌprä-pə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce propagation (audio)
: the act or action of propagating: such as
a
: increase (as of a kind of organism) in numbers
b
: the spreading of something (such as a belief) abroad or into new regions
c
: enlargement or extension (as of a crack) in a solid body

Examples of propagation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web YouTube and streaming created the possibility for something different: the propagation of live battles featuring artists skilled at in-person battling. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, 6 May 2024 The Arboretum's horticulturalists hope to preserve Stumpy's genetic material by collecting clippings from the little tree to be planted and grown on the Arboretum's grounds in a process called propagation. USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2024 This downside comes with an easy solution: propagation. Quincy Bulin, Southern Living, 12 Apr. 2024 The propagation process of plants takes several years to create an abundance of inventory. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 23 Mar. 2024 The rotating selection of plants is a big plus, as is the ability to purchase anything your plant might need including fertilizer, pots, grow lights, propagation sets, and more. Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Feb. 2024 Propagation 101 Workshop at the Sill Learn different propagation methods and how to successfully (and inexpensively) grow your plant collection. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 There are many types of produce on store shelves that can be turned into thriving garden plants through seed saving and propagation, which can help to stretch a grocery bill and make for a fun experiment. Alex Groves, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Despite this, hip-hop owes much of its early development and propagation to an underground economy that the record industry didn’t understand or capitalize on. John Morrison, SPIN, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of propagation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Propagation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propagation. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

propagation

noun
prop·​a·​ga·​tion ˌpräp-ə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce propagation (audio)
: the act or process of propagating: as
a
: multiplication (as of a kind of living thing) in number of individuals
b
: the spreading of something (as a belief) abroad or into new regions

Medical Definition

propagation

noun
prop·​a·​ga·​tion ˌpräp-ə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce propagation (audio)
: the act or action of propagating: as
a
: increase (as of a kind of organism) in numbers
propagation of a pure culture of bacteria
b
: the spreading or transmission of something
propagation of a nerve impulse
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