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

  • intransitive verb To duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat.
  • intransitive verb Biology To reproduce or make an exact copy or copies of (genetic material, a cell, or an organism).
  • intransitive verb To repeat (a scientific experiment) to confirm findings or ensure accuracy.
  • intransitive verb To become replicated; undergo replication.
  • noun A repetition of an experiment or procedure.
  • adjective Duplicated, copied, reproduced, or repeated.
  • adjective Folded over or bent back upon itself.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Folded
  • noun In music, a tone one or more octaves distant from a given tone; a repetition at a higher or lower octave.
  • To fold or bend back: as, a replicated leaf.
  • To reply.
  • In music, to add one of its replicates to (a given tone).

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

  • adjective Folded over or backward; folded back upon itself.
  • transitive verb obsolete To reply.

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

  • verb To make a copy (replica) of
  • verb obsolete To reply.
  • noun an outcome of a replication procedure.
  • adjective botany, zoology Folded over or backward; folded back upon itself.

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

  • verb reproduce or make an exact copy of
  • verb make or do or perform again
  • verb bend or turn backward


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

[Middle English replicaten, from Late Latin replicāre, replicāt-, to repeat, from Latin, to fold back : re-, re- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin replicatus, past participle of replicare ("to fold or bend back; reply"), from re ("back") + plicare ("to fold"); see ply.


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