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 mammalian fertilization process involving the sperm and egg wasn’t even observed until the late 19th century, so our understanding of reproduction was pretty limited for most of human history. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 As each culture continued to evolve—some have now been through more than 3000 generations—the snowflakes got bigger, the yeast cells became more durable and more elongated, and a new mode of reproduction evolved. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all," 28 June 2018 The larger size of chinook is likely linked to stocking reductions (in 2012 and 2016) as well as two recent poor years (2013 and 2015) of natural reproduction. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Larger salmon spicing up Lake Michigan catches this year," 23 June 2018 Love that doesn’t function through the hourglass of reproduction. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "Amandla Stenberg Comes Out as Gay—"Not Bi, Not Pan"—in a Rad Interview," 19 June 2018 Over time his idea led to the development of photography as a form of infinite reproduction. The Economist, "Retro photography is in vogue," 2 June 2018 Ever since its establishment in the early 20th century — unofficially in 1908, officially in 1914 — Mother’s Day has been when Americans celebrate the importance of the biological imperative of reproduction. Lyman Stone, Vox, "This Mother’s Day, honor Mom by backing parental leave," 11 May 2018 Nothing flew against the wall in my test kitchen, but attempting fried chicken in an air fryer was miserably unworthy of reproduction. Joe Ray, WIRED, "Are Air Fryers Worth It?," 10 May 2018 There's a massive loom on display, a replica of one used during the Tang Empire (618 to 907 A.D.); plus some reproductions of Tang-era silks. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Exploring the Silk Road, and its lessons for today, at COSI in Columbus (photos)," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of reproduction

circa 1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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