replicate[rep′li kit; for v., -kāt′]
- Replicate means folded back on itself.
An example of something replicate is a leaf folded in half.
- The definition of a replicate is a repeat of something.
An example of a replicate is an experiment in cell generation which is repeated.
- Replicate is defined as to make a copy of, or to fold or bend back.
An example of replicate is to copy a drawing from a book.
Origin of replicateClassical Latin replicatus, past participle of replicare: see reply
transitive verbreplicated, replicating
- to fold; bend back
- to repeat, duplicate, copy, or reproduce
- Rare to reply
verbrep·li·cat·ed, rep·li·cat·ing, rep·li·cates
- To duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat: “recreating his pose for a photo that replicated his glorious moment” (Stuart Miller).
- Biology To reproduce or make an exact copy or copies of (genetic material, a cell, or an organism).
- To repeat (a scientific experiment) to confirm findings or ensure accuracy.
- Duplicated, copied, reproduced, or repeated: a replicate sample.
- Folded over or bent back upon itself: a replicate leaf.
Origin of replicateMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present replicates, present participle replicating, simple past and past participle replicated)
- To make a copy (replica) of
- On entering a host cell, a virus will start to replicate.
- an outcome of a replication procedure.
(comparative more replicate, superlative most replicate)
- (botany, zoology) Folded over or backward; folded back upon itself.
- a replicate leaf or petal
- the replicate margin of a shell