Definitions

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

  • n. Something produced by human or mechanical effort or by a natural process.
  • n. A direct result; a consequence: "Is history the product of impersonal social and economic forces?” ( Anthony Lewis).
  • n. Chemistry A substance resulting from a chemical reaction.
  • n. Mathematics The number or quantity obtained by multiplying two or more numbers together.
  • n. Mathematics A scalar product.
  • n. Mathematics A vector product.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A commodity offered for sale.
  • n. The amount of an artifact that has been created by someone or some process.
  • n. A consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances.
  • n. A chemical substance formed as a result of a chemical reaction.
  • n. A quantity obtained by multiplication of two or more numbers.
  • n. categorical product
  • n. 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.
  • n. The outcome or 'thingness' of an activity, especially in contrast to a process by which it was created or altered.
  • n. Illegal drugs, especially cocaine, when viewed as a commodity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything that is produced, whether as the result of generation, growth, labor, or thought, or by the operation of involuntary causes
  • n. 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 v. To produce; to bring forward.
  • transitive v. To lengthen out; to extend.
  • transitive v. To produce; to make.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring forward; produce.
  • In entomology, to draw out; lengthen.
  • n. That which is produced; a production.
  • n. Offspring.
  • n. That which is formed or produced by labor, usually by physical labor.
  • n. Effect; result; something resulting as a consequence.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In chem., a compound not previously existing in a body, but formed during decomposition: as, the products of destructive distillation: contradistinguished from educt.
  • n. 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.
  • n. If the sects are taken as coplanarand confined to two straights, their product is the area of the parallelogram determined.

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

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

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin prōductus, perfect participle of prōdūcō, first attested in English in the mathematics sense. (Wiktionary)

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