Definition of by-product in English:

by-product

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  • 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
    side effect, consequence, entailment, corollary, concomitant; ramification, aftermath, after-effect, repercussion, backlash, ripple, shock wave, spin-off, fallout, heritage, fruits; British knock-on effect
    technical externality

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