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

  • n. The act or process of producing: timber used for the production of lumber and paper.
  • n. The fact or process of being produced: a movie going into production.
  • n. The creation of value or wealth by producing goods and services.
  • n. The total output, as of a commodity: increased production at the plant.
  • n. Something produced; a product: "Of all the productions of land, milk is perhaps the most perishable” ( Adam Smith).
  • n. A work of art or literature.
  • n. A work produced for the stage, screen, television, or radio.
  • n. A staging or presentation of a theatrical work: a new Broadway production of a musical.
  • n. A situation or display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated: made a production out of the birthday party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of being produced
  • n. the total amount produced
  • n. the presentation of a theatrical work
  • n. an occasion or activity made more complicated than necessary
  • n. that which is manufactured or is ready for manufacturing in volume (as opposed to a prototype or conceptual model)
  • n. The act of lengthening out or prolonging.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process or producing, bringing forth, or exhibiting to view.
  • n. That which is produced, yielded, or made, whether naturally, or by the application of intelligence and labor
  • n. The act of lengthening out or prolonging.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of producing.
  • n. The act of making or creating.
  • n. In political economics, the creation of values; the producing of articles having an exchangeable value.
  • n. That which is produced or made; a product of physical or mental labor; specifically, a work of literature or art.
  • n. In zoology and anatomy, the act of drawing forth or out; the state of being produced (see produced, p. a.); extension; protrusion: as, the production of the pike's jaws.
  • n. plural In Scots law, in judicial proceedings, written documents or other things produced in process in support of the action or defense.

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

  • n. the act or process of producing something
  • n. the creation of value or wealth by producing goods and services
  • n. (law) the act of exhibiting in a court of law
  • n. the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)
  • n. a display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated
  • n. a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television
  • n. an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  • n. (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin productio a lengthening, prolonging: compare French production. See produce.


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  • I object to the use of the word “production” when it pertains to extracting crude oil from the ground as in the phrase “oil production”. The oil was produced by natural processes over a period of 200 million years. The oil industry profits from this natural resource by discovering, claiming, and extracting it, but not by producing it. “Oil extraction” is more correct. Is there a better word to use here?

    October 10, 2010