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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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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By the late 19th century, Oxbridge undergraduates were adorning their walls with reproductions of his paintings, and fashionable London ladies were mimicking the look of his Arthurian heroines. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In London, Medieval Legends Through Modern Eyes," 19 Oct. 2018 The Argentine church says that the study obtained by The Associated Press — bound volumes complete with reproductions of Johannes Vermeer paintings on the covers — was for internal church use only. Fox News, "Pope role in study of Argentine sex abuse case in spotlight," 18 Sep. 2018 Video testimony and radiated relics from the day of devastation come from the museum’s archives and photogrammetry (the creation of 3D models using photography) allowed for digital reproductions of surviving sites. Daniel Fernandez, Smithsonian, "This New Virtual Reality Experience Drops You In Hiroshima Right After It’s Been Bombed," 27 Apr. 2018 Managing the lake's trout and salmon fishery is complicated by natural reproduction of chinook, primarily in streams in Michigan. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan chinook and alewife are near the desired balance, a new report says," 28 Mar. 2018 Looking at a reproduction of a work of art can never be as satisfying as standing in front of the real thing, right? Peter Terzian, ELLE Decor, "New Books Bring You Up Close And Personal With Artistic Masterpieces," 25 Nov. 2014 The sequel to The Addams Family features an incredible plotline in which Christina Ricci’s Wednesday Addams stages an insane reproduction of the story of Thanksgiving at her summer camp. Vogue, "13 Movies You Totally Forgot Were Set on Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2018 The issue is with populations that have lost or are losing natural reproduction. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Researchers document walleye decline in Wisconsin waters," 9 May 2018 Walking inside was like entering a time capsule of vintage furniture covered in plastic, with a reproduction of Blue Boy on the wall and the polished black upright piano stacked with framed photographs. Michael A. Gonzales, The Root, "Roses," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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