from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of folding.
  • n. The state of being folded.
  • n. A fold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A folding or fold; a plait.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of folding, or the state of being put in folds; a folding or putting in folds, as duplication or triplication. Also plicature.
  • n. That which is plicated; a plica or fold. Also plicature.
  • n. In geology, a bending of the strata; a fold or folding.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an angular or rounded shape made by folding
  • n. the act of folding in parallel folds


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French plicacion, and its source, Latin plicatio.


  • In the latter approach, by contrast, the moment of “matters of concern” or com-plication is the appearance of a new actor such as massive cultivation of bovine livestock that require the clearing of rain forests and that significantly increase contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Stanbic's lawyers said Wednesday that the new Competition Act sets out the broad competition principles that are of general ap - plication to the economy as a whole.

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  • Of course she derived from alien stock, and could assume any living form she chose, with sufficient ap - plication and practice, so could be just as pretty as she was able to imagine.

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  • Some directions of ap - plication are becoming clear, however.


  • In characterizing the Soviet Union and its policy of peaceful coexistence as modern revisionism, as an ap - plication in the international sphere of Bernstein's policies of societal integration, the Chinese have linked the present to the past with more than usual attention to the details of historical analogy.

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  • The reason for this difference is as follows: in von Mises 'theory the law of large numbers follows from Poisson's law plus randomness, and in the classical theory it follows from Laplace's definition plus the multi plication law.

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  • “Habilitationsschrift” (1868); and as an immediate ap - plication of it he outlined the so-called Riemannian


  • The idea of respectability was more superficial and more widely applied than the idea of the gentleman, It included the suggestion of bodily cleanliness and neatness, particularly in its ap - plication to the lower classes.

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  • His mathematical study of the camera obscura, the correct explanation of the course of light in vision — as opposed to the Aristotelian view — the explanation of reflection from spherical and parabolic mirrors, study of spherical aberration, belief in the “principle of least time” in refraction, and ap - plication long before Newton of the parallelogram for resolving a velocity into its components are among his outstanding scientific accomplishments.

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  • With the multi - plication of contexts and functions it became less a question of assigning a usage to one or another function than of exploring the concrete structure of each func - tion, whatever language it employed.



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