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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The cerused-oak bed is a reproduction of a French bed. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "Neoclassical Chinoiserie in one of Jersey City’s Priciest Bedrooms," 3 Jan. 2019 The new saddle bag isn’t a complete reproduction, of course. Emily Farra, Vogue, "18 Years Later, Dior’s Saddle Bag Is Officially Back—Here’s How It’s Made," 19 July 2018 Many of the male models carried reproductions of the paintings homaged in their garments. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana Presents an Alta Moda Lesson on Italian Art History," 8 Dec. 2018 In general, the winning sea creature would possess some combination of smallness, large current habitat, resistance to acidification, speedy reproduction, flexible diet, and the ability to move around to seek more habitable environments. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "What Will Be the Last Fish?," 10 Dec. 2018 This is contrary to what producers usually want: an honest audio reproduction, without extra processing. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Nommo Pro speakers review: versatility comes at a price," 27 Sep. 2018 The report says climate change is already having an impact on fungi reproduction, distribution and activity, but Willis cautioned that much more research is needed to say with confidence how the world’s fungi will be affected as the planet warms. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "Royal Botanic Garden seeks respect for world’s fungus," 11 Sep. 2018 On a practical branding level, the museum’s curatorial team helps store buyers make sure colors are correct in reproductions and checks out copyrights, which can sometimes be impossible or overly expensive to secure. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 Shutterstock The real `Witch House` was built in the mid-17th century, while the Sandwich reproduction dates to 1984. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Replica of spooky Salem Witch House asks $725K," 31 Oct. 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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