reproduction

A reproduction of a painting is a copy of the original that looks just like it. The act of reproduction involves making copies or having babies.

We won't get into the birds and the bees, but reproduction is the sexual activity of producing offspring, also known as procreation. But reproduction isn't just the act of making babies. It can involve making copies or replications. Similarly, a reproduction is an identical version of something, often artwork. There are many reproductions of Picasso's paintings but in every case, there is only one original and it's worth far more than all the copies combined.

Primary Meanings of reproduction

1.
n
the act of making copies
2.
n
the process of generating offspring
3.
n
recall that is hypothesized to work by storing the original stimulus input and reproducing it during recall
Full Definitions of reproduction
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n the act of making copies

“Gutenberg's reproduction of holy texts was far more efficient”
Synonyms:
replication
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 copy that is not the original; something that has been copied

Synonyms:
replica, replication
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
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n the process of generating offspring

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agamogenesis, asexual reproduction
reproduction without the fusion of gametes
amphimixis, sexual reproduction
reproduction involving the union or fusion of a male and a female gamete
anisogamy
(biology) reproduction by the union or fusion of two differing gametes (especially differing in size)
apomixis
any of several kinds of reproduction without fertilization
blastogenesis
asexual reproduction by budding
budding
reproduction of some unicellular organisms (such as yeasts) by growth and specialization followed by the separation by constriction of a part of the parent
fission
reproduction of some unicellular organisms by division of the cell into two more or less equal parts
fissiparity
reproduction of some multicellular organisms by division, as in the case of some starfish
isogamy
(biology) reproduction by the union or fusion of gametes of the same size and structure
monogenesis, sporulation
asexual reproduction by the production and release of spores
parthenogenesis, parthenogeny, virgin birth
human conception without fertilization by a man
gemmation, pullulation
asexual reproduction in which a local growth on the surface or in the body of the parent becomes a separate individual
Type of:
biological process, organic process
a process occurring in living organisms

n the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring

Synonyms:
breeding, facts of life, procreation
Types:
crossbreeding, interbreeding, miscegenation
reproduction by parents of different races (especially by white and non-white persons)
generation, multiplication, propagation
the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production
biogenesis, biogeny
the production of living organisms from other living organisms
Type of:
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
activities associated with sexual intercourse
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n recall that is hypothesized to work by storing the original stimulus input and reproducing it during recall

Synonyms:
reproductive memory
Type of:
recall, recollection, reminiscence
the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)

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