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ˌri prəˈdʌk ʃənre·pro·duc·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reproductionnoun

    the process of generating offspring

  2. reproduction, reproductive memorynoun

    recall that is hypothesized to work by storing the original stimulus input and reproducing it during recall

  3. replica, replication, reproductionnoun

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

  4. reproduction, replicationnoun

    the act of making copies

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

  5. reproduction, procreation, breeding, facts of lifenoun

    the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring


  1. reproductionnoun

    The act of reproducing new individuals biologically

  2. reproductionnoun

    The act of making copies

    Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited.

  3. reproductionnoun

    A copy of something, as in a piece of art; a duplicate.

    Jim was proud of the Rembrandt reproduction he owned.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reproductionnoun

    The act of producing anew.

    Etymology: from reproduce.

    I am about to attempt a reproduction in vitriol, in which it seems not unlikely to be performable. Boyle.


  1. Reproduction

    Reproduction (or procreation or breeding) is the biological process by which new individual organisms – "offspring" – are produced from their "parent" or parents. Reproduction is a fundamental feature of all known life; each individual organism exists as the result of reproduction. There are two forms of reproduction: asexual and sexual. In asexual reproduction, an organism can reproduce without the involvement of another organism. Asexual reproduction is not limited to single-celled organisms. The cloning of an organism is a form of asexual reproduction. By asexual reproduction, an organism creates a genetically similar or identical copy of itself. The evolution of sexual reproduction is a major puzzle for biologists. The two-fold cost of sexual reproduction is that only 50% of organisms reproduce and organisms only pass on 50% of their genes.Sexual reproduction typically requires the sexual interaction of two specialized reproductive cells, called gametes, which contain half the number of chromosomes of normal cells and are created by meiosis, with typically a male fertilizing a female of the same species to create a fertilized zygote. This produces offspring organisms whose genetic characteristics are derived from those of the two parental organisms.


  1. reproduction

    Reproduction is a biological process by which living organisms produce offspring of the same species through exchange or duplication of genetic material. It can occur sexually involving two parents or asexually involving a single parent. The process helps to ensure the survival and continuity of each species.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reproductionnoun

    the act or process of reproducing; the state of being reproduced

  2. Reproductionnoun

    the process by which plants and animals give rise to offspring

  3. Reproductionnoun

    that which is reproduced

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. reproduction.]


  1. Reproduction

    Reproduction is the debut album released by British synthpop band The Human League. The album was released in October 1979 through Virgin Records. Reproduction contains nine tracks of electronic music/synthpop with some elements of industrial music, and was recorded during six weeks at The Human League's studio in Sheffield. The recordings were produced by Colin Thurston, who had previously worked on some key new wave recordings such as Iggy Pop's Lust for Life and the second Magazine album, and would go on to produce numerous hit albums of the 1980s, most notably for Duran Duran. The album was a commercial failure upon its initial release in October 1979, but it was re-issued and charted almost two years later in August 1981, earning a Silver disc by the end of the year and peaking at no.34 in early 1982. The album spent a total of 23 weeks on the album chart and was later certified Gold by the BPI in 1988. The only single released from the album was "Empire State Human" which initially failed to chart, but was re-released in June 1980 and reached #62. The band's debut single from 1978, "Being Boiled", was not included on the original release of Reproduction, but was added as an extra track on all CD issues from the late 1980s onwards. A re-recorded version of that single's B-side, "Circus of Death", was however included on the album.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Reproduction

    The total process by which organisms produce offspring. (Stedman, 25th ed)

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reproduction' in Nouns Frequency: #2549

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reproduction in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reproduction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of reproduction in a Sentence

  1. Michelle Dennehy:

    The wolf population continues to grow and expand, and for the first time we’ve had wolf reproduction in southern Oregon, and we had eight breeding pairs last year. We also documented six new pairs of wolves, and 26 pups.

  2. David Fisman:

    That means the reproduction number outside China is currently less than 0.1. Diseases do not spark epidemics unless reproduction numbers are over 1.

  3. Longfellow:

    How absolute and omnipotent is the silence of the night! And yet the stillness seems almost audible. From all the measureless depths of air around us comes a half sound, a half whisper, as if we could hear the crumbling and falling away of the earth and all created things in the great miracle of nature?decay and reproduction?ever beginning, never ending?the gradual lapse and running of the sand in the great hour-glass of Time.

  4. George Paul:

    Realistically we are looking at these animals dying in the next decade or so. But hopefully, using artificial methods of reproduction, we might be able to bring them back in the future, this might mean that it will happen when the current animals are already diseased, but it could happen.

  5. Jean Giraudoux:

    The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.

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