Definition of reproduction in English:

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Pronunciation: /riːprəˈdʌkʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action or process of copying something: the cost of colour reproduction in publication is high
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  • No longer are the costs of color reproduction prohibitive.
  • This will be more comprehensive including latest trends in layout and design which will take participants through the entire process from the drawing board to the phase were the publication is ready for reproduction and printing.
  • Intentional color issues aside, this is a great transfer of a low-budget movie, with apparently faithful color reproduction and no grain or edge enhancement to detract from the picture.
1.1 [count noun] A copy of a work of art, especially a print or photograph of a painting: a reproduction of Monet’s ‘Wild Poppies’
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  • The pages are richly illustrated with old photographs, reproductions of paintings, engravings and sketches - all in black and white.
  • These photographic reproductions of paintings, backed by aluminum and preserved under Plexiglas, sell in multiples.
  • Less than 200 pages long, the book is peppered with monochromatic reproductions of old photographs and John's paintings, drawings and jottings.
1.2 [as modifier] Made to imitate the style of an earlier period or of a particular craftsman: reproduction French classical beds
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  • Watch out for furniture descriptions such as ‘seventeenth century style’ which means it is made in that style, but is usually a reproduction piece.
  • Handcrafted reproduction frames and exclusive original designs in all styles with an experienced staff to advise you.
  • Oppici said that the company offers a line of replica and reproduction buttons for ‘history buffs’ and collectors and also works with movie companies to develop special products.
1.3The quality of reproduced sound: the design was changed to allow louder reproduction
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  • VHS video is far more like the yet-to-be-vanquished audio cassette - sure there are other formats out there which offer higher quality sound reproduction.
  • I found the overall sound quality to be quite surprisingly good; with the right files CD quality sound and reproduction is available.
  • If it is too low, a bass sound is likely to come out of the subwoofer and the speakers at the same time, or out of the speakers alone, which is not good for quality sound reproduction.
2The production of offspring by a sexual or asexual process: toads converge upon lakes and ponds intent on reproduction
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  • In nature clones are found in organisms capable of asexual reproduction, that is, in certain plants and bacteria.
  • Engendering in intimacy is not confined to biological reproduction or economic production.
  • The Duke's attempt to regulate sexual behaviour and reproduction is inspired less by religion than by fear of the consequences unrestricted fornication would have for the political and social order.
breeding, producing young, procreation, multiplying, propagation, proliferation, spawning

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