Definition of by-product in English:

by-product

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noun

1An incidental or secondary product made in the manufacture or synthesis of something else: zinc is a by-product of the glazing process
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  • Further down the valley on the old soda ash beds, wild orchids bloom on the alkaline soil, a by-product of soda manufacture.
  • The process of drilling for oil produces toxic by-products - drilling mud and poisonous waste water, which get dumped into the ocean.
  • Sugar cane fiber, a by-product of sugar manufacturing, can be made into paper.
1.1An unintended but inevitable secondary result: he saw poverty as the by-product of colonial prosperity
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  • Perhaps it was an inevitable by-product of the Bosman ruling, which allowed holders of EU passports to be treated the same as nationals.
  • Rumours are an inevitable by-product of the success he has had at Preston.
  • The snobbery and hatred of meritocracy that have been revealed this week are simply inevitable further by-products of monarchy.
Synonyms
ramification, aftermath, after-effect, repercussion, backlash, ripple, shock wave, spin-off, fallout, heritage, fruits;
British knock-on effect
technical externality

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