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replicator Line breaks: rep¦li|ca¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛplɪkeɪtə/

Definition of replicator in English:


1A thing which replicates or copies something.
Example sentences
  • They are faced with genuine hardships and dangers, with no ‘magical’ super-technology like transporters or replicators or holodecks or warp drives to save them.
  • The transporters and replicators begin turning the ship into an ancient alien temple.
  • Each layer is molded in one substrate, the two are joined using an optically transparent bonding layer and the replicators print the discs in the conventional way.
1.1 Biology A structural gene at which replication of a specific replicon is believed to be initiated.
Example sentences
  • The shaky claim that DNA is a replicator ignores the endless subtle variation by means of which nature passes life on from one generation to the next.
  • Like a gene, a meme is therefore a replicator, propagating itself across populations through ‘a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation.’

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