reproduction

noun
re·pro·duc·tion | \ ˌrē-prə-ˈdək-shən \

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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So was a reproduction of a self-portrait by Daniel Wadsworth’s friend Thomas Sully, which can be seen peeking out of a window on the Prospect Street side of the Morgan Wing of the museum. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 2018 The car is lighted by electricity, and while so many bars and restaurants these days are lighted by reproduction Edison-style lamps, the bulbs for Car 554 are the genuine article. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Jacques Kelly: Museum's restoration of Car 554 brings back the era of open summer streetcars," 7 July 2018 Some are original, some are reproductions from Louisville Slugger. Jeremy Fuchs, SI.com, "A Tour of Sports Movie Memorabilia Heaven," 6 July 2018 In Chlamydomonas, an ancient stress response pathway blocks reproduction at night, when photosynthesis shuts down and resources are scarcer. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all," 28 June 2018 That image is also placed in a triptych of reproductions accompanied by a narrative interpreting the paintings as their features are illuminated. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West’ Review: Where the Sublime Joins the Melancholy," 25 June 2018 Morley then veered away from realistic reproductions into fanciful imagery. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "In memoriam through June 9: Three KC fashion and art icons and a beloved chef," 9 June 2018 Inside the marble and bronze interior stand reproductions of Lincoln statues and excerpts of his speeches. Katherine Rodeghier, chicagotribune.com, "Looking for Lincoln on a grown-up getaway to Springfield," 1 May 2018 After a brief hiccup an expansive Sistine Chapel reproduction exhibit has reopened in Houston for art lovers to get up close to one of mankind's greatest artworks. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Traveling Sistine Chapel exhibit reopens in Houston after a brief hiccup," 5 July 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 \

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 \

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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