replication

If you make a copy of something, like a form or a picture, you have made a replication of it. You might need to mail in a replication of your tax forms when you apply for college financial aid.

When you conduct an experiment, you have to repeat it several times to verify that your hypothesis is correct. Each repetition is one replication. A witty retort to a comment or question is also called a replication. Your replications to the teacher's questions may make your classmates laugh, but your smart mouth is bound to get you in trouble eventually.

Primary Meanings of replication

1.
n
the act of making copies
2.
n
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
3.
n
the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves
4.
n
the repetition of an experiment in order to test the validity of its conclusion
Full Definitions of replication
1

n the act of making copies

Synonyms:
reproduction
Types:
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scanning
the act of systematically moving a finely focused beam of light or electrons over a surface in order to produce an image of it for analysis or transmission
sound reproduction
the reproduction of sound
hi-fi, high fidelity
the reproduction of sound with little or no distortion
playback
the act of reproducing recorded sound
Type of:
copying
an act of copying

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

Type of:
biological process, organic process
a process occurring in living organisms

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

Synonyms:
replica, reproduction
Types:
toy
a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier)
Type of:
copy
a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
2

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

Synonyms:
comeback, counter, rejoinder, retort, return, riposte
Types:
back talk, backtalk, lip, mouth, sass, sassing
an impudent or insolent rejoinder
Type of:
reply, response
the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange

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

Type of:
pleading
(law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
3

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

Synonyms:
echo, reverberation, sound reflection
Types:
re-echo
the echo of an echo
Type of:
reflection, reflectivity, reflexion
the ability to reflect beams or rays
4

n 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
Type of:
repeating, repetition
the act of doing or performing again

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