Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something produced by human or mechanical effort or by a natural process, as.
  • noun An item that is made or refined and marketed.
  • noun Such items considered as a group.
  • noun A preparation, such as a gel, used for styling hair.
  • noun A substance resulting from a chemical or nuclear reaction.
  • noun A direct result; a consequence.
  • noun A person whose characteristics or abilities are the result of certain influences or kinds of experience.
  • noun The number or quantity obtained by multiplying two or more numbers together.
  • noun A scalar product.
  • noun A vector product.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bring forward; produce.
  • In entomology, to draw out; lengthen.
  • noun That which is produced; a production.
  • noun Offspring.
  • noun That which is formed or produced by labor, usually by physical labor.
  • noun Effect; result; something resulting as a consequence.
  • noun In mathematics, the result of multiplying one quantity or expression by another. Thus, 72 is the product of 8 multiplied by 9; and dy dx is the product of y multiplied by the operator d dx. The quantities multiplied together arc usually termed factors. Product results from multiplication, as sum. does from addition.
  • noun In chem., a compound not previously existing in a body, but formed during decomposition: as, the products of destructive distillation: contradistinguished from educt.
  • noun Set off from their intersection-point the unit sect on one of two perpendicular straights. On the other set off on one ray a, on the other b. The circle through the free end-points of 1, a, b determines on the fourth ray a sect, c, which is the product of the sect a by the sect b. Thus c = ab.
  • noun If the sects are taken as coplanarand confined to two straights, their product is the area of the parallelogram determined.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Anything that is produced, whether as the result of generation, growth, labor, or thought, or by the operation of involuntary causes
  • noun (Math.) The number or sum obtained by adding one number or quantity to itself as many times as there are units in another number; the number resulting from the multiplication of two or more numbers. In general, the result of any kind of multiplication. See the Note under Multiplication.
  • transitive verb obsolete, obsolete To produce; to bring forward.
  • transitive verb obsolete To lengthen out; to extend.
  • transitive verb obsolete To produce; to make.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable, uncountable A commodity offered for sale.
  • noun The amount of an artifact that has been created by someone or some process.
  • noun A consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances.
  • noun chemistry A chemical substance formed as a result of a chemical reaction.
  • noun mathematics A quantity obtained by multiplication of two or more numbers.
  • noun category theory categorical product
  • noun Any tangible or intangible good or service that is a result of a process and that is intended for delivery to a customer or end user.
  • noun The outcome or 'thingness' of an activity, especially in contrast to a process by which it was created or altered.
  • noun US, slang Illegal drugs, especially cocaine, when viewed as a commodity.

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

  • noun a quantity obtained by multiplication
  • noun a consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances
  • noun the set of elements common to two or more sets
  • noun a chemical substance formed as a result of a chemical reaction
  • noun an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  • noun commodities offered for sale

Etymologies

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

Middle English, result of multiplication, produced, from Medieval Latin prōductum, result of multiplication, from neuter past participle of Latin prōdūcere, to bring forth; see produce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin prōductus, perfect participle of prōdūcō, first attested in English in the mathematics sense.

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