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Definitions for replication
ˌrɛp lɪˈkeɪ ʃənrepli·ca·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reproduction, replicationnoun

    the act of making copies

    "Gutenberg's reproduction of holy texts was far more efficient"

  2. replicationnoun

    (genetics) the process whereby DNA makes a copy of itself before cell division

  3. rejoinder, retort, return, riposte, replication, comeback, counternoun

    a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)

    "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"

  4. replicationnoun

    (law) a pleading made by a plaintiff in reply to the defendant's plea or answer

  5. echo, reverberation, sound reflection, replicationnoun

    the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves

    "she could hear echoes of her own footsteps"

  6. replica, replication, reproductionnoun

    copy that is not the original; something that has been copied

  7. replicationnoun

    the repetition of an experiment in order to test the validity of its conclusion

    "scientists will not believe an experimental result until they have seen at least one replication"


  1. Replicationnoun

    (Biochem.) The copying, by enzymes, of a cell's genome, i.e. the DNA or RNA comprising its genetic material, so as to form an identical genome. This is an essential step in the division of one cell into two. This differs from transcription, which is the copying of only part of the genetic information of a cell's genome into RNA, as in the processes of biosynthesis of messenger RNA or ribosomal RNA.


  1. replicationnoun

    Process by which an object, person, place or idea may be copied mimicked or reproduced.

  2. replicationnoun

    Copy; reproduction.

  3. replicationnoun

    A response from the plaintiff to the defendant's plea.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Replicationnoun

    Etymology: replico, Lat.

    Tyber trembled underneath his banks,
    To hear the replication of your sounds,
    Made in his concave shores. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    To be demanded of a spunge, what replication should be made by the son of a king? William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    This is a replication to what Menelaus had before offered, concerning the transplantation of Ulysses to Sparta. William Broome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Replicationnoun

    an answer; a reply

  2. Replicationnoun

    the reply of the plaintiff, in matters of fact, to the defendant's plea

  3. Replicationnoun

    return or repercussion, as of sound; echo

  4. Replicationnoun

    a repetition; a copy

  5. Etymology: [L. replicatio. See Reply.]


  1. Replication

    Replication in computing involves sharing information so as to ensure consistency between redundant resources, such as software or hardware components, to improve reliability, fault-tolerance, or accessibility.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of replication in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of replication in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of replication in a Sentence

  1. Rick Stevens:

    We think the best strategy is probably a multiple... therapeutic mix, that would go after multiple targets -- maybe a target that would help in blocking viral entry, one that might block replication, and one that might block some host process that is a problem.

  2. Nick Littlehales:

    They were looking at recovery as a big issue and decided that my approach made a lot of sense to not only them but also the individual riders, we created a sleep kit, which is a replication of the ideal layers -- pillow, duvet, linen -- all put together to allow a small group of staff to go into the hotel and unzip Bradley's bag, he sleeps in it, they zip it back up and take it to the next hotel.

  3. Anthony Fauci:

    You need to get vaccinated when National Institute of Allergy becomes available as quickly and as expeditiously as possible, you stop their replication by vaccinating widely.

  4. Tim Cook:

    We obviously don't control what's on the internet, but we've never viewed that our platform should be a simple replication of what's on the internet.

  5. Anthony Fauci:

    You stop their replication by vaccinating widely.

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Translations for replication

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Nachbildung, Replikat, Replik, Replizierung, Gegenrede, Nachbau, Kopieren, Kopie, Erwiderung, Vervielfältigung, ReplikationGerman
  • duplicata, réponseFrench
  • प्रतिकृतिHindi
  • replikációHungarian
  • replikasiIndonesian
  • reproducere, duplicare, copieri, replicare, copiereRomanian
  • копированиеRussian
  • çoğaltmaTurkish
  • نقلUrdu

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. epidemic
    • B. tacky
    • C. equivalent
    • D. arbitrary

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