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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Inside the Yurt of Attila, artifacts from Hunnic tombs sat in cases next to reproductions of the characteristically oblong skulls of the Hunnic nobility. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports the museum in Thermopolis opened a new permanent exhibit featuring the fossils and full-size reproduction of the dinosaur informally known as Lori. USA TODAY, "Barbie, Tupac, scorpions and Red Vines: News from around our 50 states," 19 July 2019 More food and nutrition tends to lead to more reproduction. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Rabbits, bears and bobcats: How has the Woodbury Fire affected Arizona wildlife habitat?," 26 June 2019 But rather than acknowledging these efforts to restrict women’s reproduction in the interests of society, Thomas targets the women who are subjected to them. Audrey Farley, Longreads, "We Still Don’t Know How to Navigate the Cultural Legacy of Eugenics," 20 June 2019 No mechanical reproductions or facsimiles of entries allowed. Denisa Protani, baltimoresun.com, "Alaska Airlines tickets for two," 14 June 2019 In layman’s terms, parthenogenesis refers to female reproduction conducted without any genetic contribution from a male. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The National Zoo’s Female Asian Water Dragon Successfully Reproduced Without a Male," 6 June 2019 Nationwide, Democratic politicians are testing the boundaries of extremism on issues related to reproduction, while a few liberal voices warn of potential repercussions in the 2020 elections. James Freeman, WSJ, "Democrats vs. Nuns," 4 June 2019 The Oregonian/OregonLive is offering three options for a reproduction of the Sports cover and two photos of the game through MyCapture, a Second Street company. The Oregonian/oregonlive.com, oregonlive.com, "Jesuit High baseball: Buy commemorative Sports cover, photos," 4 June 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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