Definition of replication in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɛplɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


1 [mass noun] The action of copying or reproducing something: the extraordinary speed and replication of information created by computerization
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  • Machines accelerate, the near-deafening audio intensifies, and the rate of image replication reaches viral speeds, spawning a climactic mosaic of more than 2,200 constituent frames.
  • We needed a solution to facilitate real-time replication of the Information Store for our Microsoft Exchange servers.
  • Lobe's project dwells on replication but not copy, on transformation and reconfiguration, trompe-l'oeil with a twist, and gives more than just a nod to notions about materials and process.
1.1 [count noun] A copy: a twentieth-century building would be cheaper than a replication of what was there before
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  • Celebrity obsessed fans can snap up exact replications of star's dentures which clip-on to the front of their own teeth giving them a Hollywood smile.
  • The bootstrap sampling was limited to 100 replications because of the computationally intensive nature of the simulation.
1.2The repetition of a scientific experiment or trial to obtain a consistent result: on its own, replication does not validate a theory derived from experimental results
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  • It would be interesting to explore these results with further study via replication of this study in similar courses at multiple universities and/or over several years at the same university.
  • Two key elements in any experimental design are randomization and replication.
1.3The process by which genetic material or a living organism gives rise to a copy of itself: HIV replication [count noun]: a crucial step in cold virus replications
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  • The major advantage of chemically altered vaccines is they are safe to use with pregnant animals because there is no systemic replication of the vaccine organism.
  • As thoroughly as DNA replication, the beats slowly tense into a mid range tempo with this same lyric repeated here and there, with rhythms unwinding themselves just as smoothly for the song's fading finish.
  • ARS researchers and their Austrian colleagues have developed PCR primers that initiate this DNA replication.
2 Law , dated A plaintiff’s reply to the defendant’s plea: in the replication the plaintiff went on to state many additional facts


Late Middle English: from Old French replicacion, from Latin replicatio(n-), from replicare 'fold back, repeat', later 'make a reply' (see replicate).

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