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

  • noun The act or process of producing.
  • noun The fact or process of being produced.
  • noun The creation of value or wealth by producing goods and services.
  • noun The total output, as of a commodity.
  • noun Something produced; a product.
  • noun A work of art or literature.
  • noun A work produced for the stage, screen, television, or radio.
  • noun A staging or presentation of a theatrical work.
  • noun A situation or display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or process of producing.
  • noun The act of making or creating.
  • noun In political economics, the creation of values; the producing of articles having an exchangeable value.
  • noun That which is produced or made; a product of physical or mental labor; specifically, a work of literature or art.
  • noun 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.
  • noun plural In Scots law, in judicial proceedings, written documents or other things produced in process in support of the action or defense.

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

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

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

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

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

  • noun the act or process of producing something
  • noun the creation of value or wealth by producing goods and services
  • noun (law) the act of exhibiting in a court of law
  • noun the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)
  • noun a display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated
  • noun a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television
  • noun an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  • noun (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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  • _Capital employed in production is wholly consumed in the process of production_.

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  • Oriental tongue, _principle_, production, or natural or original source, the word _Priapus_ may be translated _principle of production_ or of

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  • Silver while showing some growth in production is matched by new industrial uses and a renewed interest in silver as an investment.

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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