reproduction

noun
re·​pro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce reproduction (audio) \

Definition of reproduction

1 : the act or process of reproducing specifically : the process by which plants and animals give rise to offspring and which fundamentally consists of the segregation of a portion of the parental body by a sexual or an asexual process and its subsequent growth and differentiation into a new individual
2 : something reproduced : copy
3 : young seedling trees in a forest

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Choose the Right Synonym for reproduction

reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of reproduction in a Sentence

the mass reproduction of fine art a reproduction of the painting

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An individual coral is called a polyp, and these polyps grow on top of each other through asexual reproduction. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Has Fundamentally Weakened The Great Barrier Reef," 4 Apr. 2019 The model ends its reproduction of the river’s basin around Baton Rouge, 150 miles north of where the river meets the gulf. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Some faith communities were quicker to accept assisted reproduction — including within the Hindu, Buddhist and Protestant traditions. Washington Post, "How religion is coming to terms with modern fertility methods," 27 Apr. 2018 Naturally, many more affordable reproductions and lamps inspired by Henningsen's innovative design are out on the market today. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Lamp Has A Remarkable History," 22 Jan. 2019 Take the drive of your dreams in Hotel Wailea's 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster reproduction. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 A few of these paintings have seen the light of day before, as reproductions for the centennial exhibition and Penn’s books Drawings (Apparition, 1999) and A Notebook at Random (Bulfinch Press, 2004). Marley Marius, Vogue, "A New Side of Irving Penn’s Art Is on Display in New York," 11 Sep. 2018 Experts estimate there are no more than 440 animals left on the planet, and the species’ future is bleak because of heavy mortality and poor reproduction in recent years. William J. Kole, The Seattle Times, "Simulator helps experts understand how whales get entangled," 21 Nov. 2018 Not to be outdone, Dell announced a 55-inch 4K Alienware monitor outfitted with a luscious OLED display for deep blacks and fantastic color reproduction. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of reproduction

circa 1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reproduction was circa 1640

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reproduction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reproduction

: the process that produces babies, young animals, or new plants
: the act of copying something (such as a document, book, or sound)
: something that is made to look exactly like an original

reproduction

noun
re·​pro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce reproduction (audio) \

Kids Definition of reproduction

1 : the process by which living things produce offspring
2 : the act or process of copying something reproduction of sound
3 : copy entry 1 sense 1 photographic reproductions

reproduction

noun
re·​pro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce reproduction (audio) \

Medical Definition of reproduction

: the act or process of reproducing specifically : the process by which plants and animals give rise to offspring and which fundamentally consists of the segregation of a portion of the parental body by a sexual or an asexual process and its subsequent growth and differentiation into a new individual

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