- The definition of a clone is a copy of something, or an organism or cell that has the same genetic makeup as another.
- When someone makes a knock-off copy of an iPhone, this is an example of an iPhone clone.
- When scientists make a genetic copy of a sheep, this is an example of a clone.
- To clone is to make a copy of something or to replicate the DNA of something.
When a scientist produces a genetic copy of a sheep, this is an example of when the scientist clones the sheep.
- Biol. all the descendants derived asexually from a single individual, as by cuttings, bulbs, etc. or by fission, parthenogenesis, etc.
- an individual produced by cloning
- Informal a person or thing very much like another
- Comput. a hardware or software product, esp. a personal computer, designed to function like an original, typically higher-priced, product from another manufacturer
Origin of clone; from Classical Greek klōn, a twig ; from klan, to break: see clastic
- A group of cells or organisms that are descended from and genetically identical to a single progenitor, such as a bacterial colony whose members arose from a single original cell.
- An organism developed asexually from another and genetically identical to it, such as an animal produced from an egg cell into which the nucleus of an adult individual has been transferred.
- A DNA sequence, such as a gene, that is transferred from one organism to another and replicated by genetic engineering techniques.
- One that copies or closely resembles another, as in appearance or function: “filled with business-school clones in gray and blue suits” (Michael M. Thomas).
verbcloned cloned, clon·ing, clones
- To make multiple identical copies of (a DNA sequence).
- To create or propagate (an organism) from a clone cell: clone a sheep.
- To reproduce or propagate asexually: clone a plant variety.
- To produce a copy of; imitate closely: “The look has been cloned into cliché” (Cathleen McGuigan).
Origin of cloneGreek klōn, twig.
- A living organism (originally a plant) produced asexually from a single ancestor, to which it is genetically identical.
- A copy or imitation of something already existing, especially when designed to simulate it.
- A group of identical cells derived from a single cell.
(third-person singular simple present clones, present participle cloning, simple past and past participle cloned)
- To create a clone.
From Ancient Greek κλών (klōn, “twig”).
clone - Computer Definition
To create an identical copy of an original. A file folder on the host computer can be copied to a specified folder on another computer. In computing history, Personal Computers (PCs) capable of running software for the original IBM PC were called IBM clones.
(1) To make an identical copy of something. See cloning software.
(2) A product that functions like another. The clone, which may be hardware, software or both, may not look exactly like the original, but it implies 100% functional compatibility with it. Fed the same input, the clone should produce the same output. See PC clone, white box and clean room technique.