Definition of clone in English:

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Pronunciation: /kləʊn/


1 Biology An organism or cell, or group of organisms or cells, produced asexually from one ancestor or stock, to which they are genetically identical: vines representing all the 15 existing clones were planted
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  • Only full-length genomic and cDNA clones, including genes with in-frame stop codons, were analyzed.
  • Moreover, three longer genomic DNA clones were identified during screening of a fosmid C2 - Idf library.
  • Molecular markers derived from cDNA and genomic DNA clones were from the tomato high-density linkage map.
1.1A person or thing regarded as an exact copy of another: guitarists who are labelled Hendrix clones
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  • But then, when this particular bunch of Delhi youngsters decided to take it on, they perhaps knew only too well that copying the clones doesn't come easy.
  • If you are a human being who lives on Earth, you have probably been exposed to other humans beings who are not your exact clones.
  • All day long, she had been dealing with the clones, the carbon copy popular masses.
1.2A computer designed to simulate exactly the operation of another, typically more expensive, model: an IBM PC clone
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  • Taiwanese computer maker Elitegroup is to grow its family of Palm clones with three more models.
  • Everyone knows that the majority of Activision's extreme sports titles are basically Tony Hawk's Pro Skater clones designed to look like other sports.
  • Even Samba is just a Unix clone of a Windows client.
2 informal (Within gay culture) a homosexual man who adopts an exaggeratedly macho appearance and style of dress.
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  • According to Levine, the gay clone was the product of traditional masculinity and the self-fulfillment ethic.
  • The bar culture changed in the 1970s and the macho gay clone emerged.


[with object]
1Propagate (an organism or cell) as a clone: of the hundreds of new plants cloned the best ones are selected
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  • The big news in science this week has been the Monash University research into cloning stem cells for use in repairing damaged nerves.
  • Who could argue that the money and brain power devoted to cloning stem cells could not be better used on something else?
  • Suppose in the future effective treatments for heart disease are developed using cloned stem cells.
1.1Make an identical copy of: developers are planning to clone a historic Liverpool terrace
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  • Machines can be cloned simply by copying these resource files.
  • He now had cloned organs, perfect copies of the originals, but still carried the scars from his loss.
  • Well, Antinori is widely-tipped to become the first person in history to clone a human being.
1.2 Biochemistry Replicate (a fragment of DNA placed in an organism) so that there is sufficient to analyse or use in protein production: we have cloned DNA sequences added to the ends of the linear plasmid
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  • The fragments were cloned and DNA sequencing demonstrated that they actually corresponded to cDNA with proper intron splicing.
  • The amplified fragments were cloned and sequenced.
  • This fragment was cloned and sequenced to verify its integrity.
1.3Illegally copy the security codes from (a mobile phone) to one or more others as a way of obtaining free calls.
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  • Hackers can clone mobile phone SIM cards in minutes, and make calls at their victims' expense.
  • Imei can be used to clone illegal copies of a compromised phone and force the victim to pay phone changes he or she didn't incur.
  • Also seized from the residence were over 150 cellular phones and several computer systems with extensive documentation on cloning cellular phones and computer hardware.



Pronunciation: /ˈkləʊn(ə)l/
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  • Selective clonal and rigorous vineyard selection along with modern winemaking techniques have given the region a new lease of life.
  • We instead focused on the frequency of clonal reproduction in F. grandifolia in cove forests and beech gap forests.
  • In general, it seems unlikely that negative clonal selection against mutator clones is a significant effect.


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  • The cloners were able to use only 10 per cent of the numbers, pocketing £2m for the gang.
  • The discovery is very important, said Dr Duane Kraemer, a successful cloner of non-primates at Texas A & M University.
  • The only cost involved was that of the initial cloner's real gold bar, which he could then duplicate hundreds of times over anyway.


Early 20th century: from Greek klōn 'twig'.

  • The word clone, from Greek klōn ‘twig, cutting from a plant’, is first recorded in 1903, when it referred to a group of plants produced by taking cuttings or grafts from an original. It has been used in the context of the genetic duplication of mammals since the early 1970s. Nowadays it is also used for someone who slavishly imitates someone else and for a computer that simulates another more expensive model. In gay culture a clone is a gay man who adopts an exaggeratedly macho appearance and style of dress.

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