When you start making something, the result is a product. Most products are offered for sale, like dairy products at the grocery store or kitchen products at Macy's.

The word product is often a synonym for "merchandise" — the stuff for sale on the racks and shelves at a store. But a product can also simply be the result or consequence of someone's efforts or a set of circumstances. A good report card is the product of hard work. You are the product of your parent's relationship. And an aging hippie who still wears bell bottoms may be described as a product of the sixties.

Primary Meanings of product

an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
a quantity obtained by multiplication
Full Definitions of product

n an artifact that has been created by someone or some process

“they improve their product every year”
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Das Kapital
a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
a satirical novel written by Samuel Butler (1872) describing a fictitious land
a book written by Sir Thomas More (1516) describing the perfect society on an imaginary island
Oxford English Dictionary
an unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles
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book, volume
physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge
by-product, byproduct, spin-off
a product made during the manufacture of something else
something that can be provided as the product of development
end product, output
final product; the things produced
brainchild, inspiration
a product of your creative thinking and work
an object worked on; a result produced by working
product consisting of a paperback periodic publication as a physical object
newspaper, paper
the physical object that is the product of a newspaper publisher
output, outturn, turnout
what is produced in a given time period
products made on a lathe
piece of work, work
a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
fruit, yield
an amount of a product
film, flick, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, picture, picture show
a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
a book of blank pages with pockets or envelopes; for organizing photographs or stamp collections etc
coffee-table book
an elaborate oversize book suitable for displaying on a coffee table
the output of something in a season
a book (or manuscript) consisting of large sheets of paper folded in the middle to make two leaves or four pages
follow-up, followup
a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work
handcraft, handicraft, handiwork, handwork
a work produced by hand labor
hardback, hardcover
a book with cardboard or cloth or leather covers
work made of iron (gratings or rails or railings etc)
a record book as a physical object
work consisting of (or resembling) lace fabric
a decorative work made of wood and covered with lacquer and often inlaid with ivory or precious metals
work made of leather
chef-d'oeuvre, masterpiece
the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman
the metal parts of something
a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction
body of work, oeuvre, work
the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
ornamental work (such as embroidery or latticework) having a pattern of openings
order book
a book in which customers' orders are entered; usually makes multiple copies of the order
paper-back book, paperback, paperback book, soft-cover, soft-cover book, softback, softback book
a book with paper covers
picture book
a book consisting chiefly of pictures
a piece of work composed of or decorated in many colors
decorative work made of silver
sketch block, sketch pad, sketchbook
a book containing sheets of paper on which sketches can be drawn
output relative to input; the amount passing through a system from input to output (especially of a computer program over a period of time)
the end-product created by shaping something on a lathe
caning, wicker, wickerwork
work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches)
work made of wood; especially moldings or stairways or furniture
work in progress
a piece of work that is not yet finished
work consisting of a piece of metal being machined
a book with blank pages for recording notes or memoranda
a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
a movie that is made to be shown on television
feature, feature film
the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater
final cut
the final edited version of a movie as approved by the director and producer
home movie
a film made at home by an amateur photographer
collage film
a movie that juxtaposes different kinds of footage
coming attraction
a movie that is advertised to draw customers
a movie featuring shooting and violence
short subject
a brief film; often shown prior to showing the feature
docudrama, documentary, documentary film, infotainment
a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
cinema verite
a movie that shows ordinary people in actual activities without being controlled by a director
film noir
a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters
skin flick
a pornographic movie
rough cut
the first print of a movie after preliminary editing
silent movie, silent picture, silents
a movie without a soundtrack
slow motion
a movie that apparently takes place at a slower than normal speed; achieved by taking the film at a faster rate
talkie, talking picture
a movie with synchronized speech and singing
3-D, 3D, three-D
a movie with images having three dimensional form or appearance
musical, musical comedy, musical theater
a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
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an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone

n commodities offered for sale

“that store offers a variety of products
merchandise, ware
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cargo, consignment, freight, lading, load, loading, payload, shipment
goods carried by a large vehicle
goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles
any product that can be sold without a brand name
the merchandise that is sold in an ironmonger's shop
irregular, second
merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
business line, line, line of business, line of merchandise, line of products, product line
a particular kind of product or merchandise
an item of merchandise offered for sale
a commercial product that refills a container with its appropriate contents
merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)
dreck, schlock, shlock
merchandise that is shoddy or inferior
software package, software product
merchandise consisting of a computer program that is offered for sale
inventory, stock
the merchandise that a shop has on hand
top of the line
the best (most expensive) in a given line of merchandise
piece goods, yard goods
merchandise in the form of fabrics sold by the yard
drawing card, leader, loss leader
a featured article of merchandise sold at a loss in order to draw customers
generic drug
when the patent protection for a brand-name drug expires generic versions of the drug can be offered for sale if the FDA agrees
an auxiliary line of merchandise
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commodity, good, trade good
articles of commerce

n a consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances

“skill is the product of hours of practice”
“his reaction was the product of hunger and fatigue”
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consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot
a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

n a chemical substance formed as a result of a chemical reaction

“a product of lime and nitric acid”
a product of hydrolysis
the product of filtration; a gas or liquid that has been passed through a filter
the product of percolation
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chemical, chemical substance
material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules

n a quantity obtained by multiplication

“the product of 2 and 3 is 6”
mathematical product
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the product of all the integers up to and including a given integer
the product of a quantity by an integer
a quantity that is twice as great as another
a quantity that is three times as great as another
a quantity that is four times as great as another
lcm, least common multiple, lowest common multiple
the smallest multiple that is exactly divisible by every member of a set of numbers
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the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable

n the set of elements common to two or more sets

Cartesian product, intersection
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a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used

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