• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prolification (Bot) Reproduction by the growth of a plant, or part of a plant, directly from an older one, or by gemmæ.
    • Prolification The generation of young.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The banana is the most prolific of all food plants with as many as 300 bananas growing on the same stalk.
    • n prolification The generation of young animals or plants.
    • n prolification In botany, the development of an organ or a shoot from an organ which is itself normally ultimate, as a shoot or new flower from the midst of a flower, a frond from a frond, etc. Thus, a rose not unfrequently gives birth to a second from its center, a pear bears a leafy shoot on its summit, and species of Juncus and Scirpus emit small sprouts from their flower-heads. This is often a case of morphological reversion, the axis whose leaves were altered to make the flower resuming its onward and foliating tendency. Also proliferation. Compare proliferous.
    • n prolification Reproduction by division.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prolification the generation of young animals or plants:
    • n Prolification (bot.) development of a shoot from an organ normally ultimate
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  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.”
  • Tom Petty
    Tom Petty
    “I'm barely prolific and incredibly lazy.”
  • Heywood Broun
    “The most prolific period of pessimism comes at twenty-one or thereabouts, when the first attempt is made to translate dreams into reality.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. prolification, LL. prolificatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prolifique—L. proles (for pro-oles), offspring, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

The next period, roughly speaking 375-745 A.D., was extraordinarily prolific in extensive and authoritative translations.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Was it likely that the world should be stocked at once with many several races, or with one prolific seed?
"Probabilities" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Prairie chickens were most prolific; the principal game.
"Injun and Whitey to the Rescue" by William S. Hart
As usual, the council was prolific in suggestions of danger.
"The Life of Nelson, Vol. II. (of 2)" by A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
Proletarian = proletaria, o. Prolific = multinfana, fruktoporta.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
The lynx is not so prolific as many of the feline tribe, the number of its young seldom exceeding two, and this only once a year.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
In the productions of grains, fruits, and vegetables, Central and South America are also prolific; and the best of herds are here raised.
"The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States" by Martin R. Delany
But the greatest difficulty comes in from the fact that potatoes are such a prolific source of heat in themselves.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 633, February 18, 1888" by Various
When it's rough in the Pacific Laying hens are less prolific.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, October 6, 1920" by Various
I've more than one creditor; they are a prolific and, I am sorry to say, a long-lived race.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
All the great orators of the world have been prolific writers in the sense of writing out their thoughts.
"Talks on Talking" by Grenville Kleiser
This brief interview did not prove as prolific of results as Winston confidently expected.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
The cave of Adullam has always been the most prolific literary centre.
"By the Christmas Fire" by Samuel McChord Crothers
There is, however, much room for the improvement and development of agriculture in this prolific region.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
He cursed it in his prolific and exhaustive way.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Their women are very prolific.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
He was as indifferent to his powers as they were prolific.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
The nut is small but the tree is quite prolific.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
Axillary prolification is a much less frequent malformation than the median form.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
With the fertile earth, and its prolific inventors, the United States has become the richest country in the world.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn

In poetry:

Asking no costly hay and oats,
Like camels, Jersey cows, and goats,
The Whale, prolific milk producer,
Should be our cheapest lactic juicer.
"The Whale" by Ellis Parker Butler
Open the windows of the skies, and pour
Thy blessings on them in a genial show'r;
My corn with earth's prolific fatness feed,
And give increase to all my cover'd seed!
"The Farmer's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
(Soul of love, and tongue of fire!
Eye to pierce the deepest deeps, and sweep the world!
—Ah, mother! prolific and full in all besides—yet how long barren,
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
A common wayside flower it grew,
Unhandsome and unnoticed too,
Except in deprecation
That such an herb unreared by toil,
Prolific cumberer of the soil,
Defied extermination.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard
And whence comes Life,--that occult Force,
So rich in its prolific range,
So frail and swift to run its course,
Yet deathless in protean change?
Must we not hope that Death will clear
The darkness here?
"Life's Trilogy" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

View full size Press-Register The Mobile County Commission has no plans to lift a ban on SouthBARK, a prolific but controversial animal rescue group.
One of television's most prolific and longest working actors has died.
China, the world's most prolific executioner, put a Filipino drug trafficker to death Thursday despite an appeal from the Philippine president.
Best known for her starring role as Glinda the Good Witch in Broadway's "Wicked," the petite Chenoweth has become a prolific star on the stage and screen.
Their prolific offense is near the top of the National League in most major categories.
Although the Trojans are 5-1 at midseason, their aerial attack hasn't been the prolific force it was expected to be.
When your garden's too prolific, have friends over for a swap: your excess produce for theirs.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin went undrafted out of Stanford but has been his team's most prolific wideout this season.
The prolific science-fiction writer inspired three decades' worth of SciFi films, but most, like Total Recall, depart wildly from his stories.
Paul Clement , prolific in high court arguments, reviews latest term.
MONTCALM — At the dawn of the 20th century, Mercer County was one of the most prolific coal mining counties in West Virginia.
Hobsbawm, known for his allegiance to the Communist Party, was prolific and widely read.
Marcus Dubose was a prolific scorer in junior college, and the East Tennessee State basketball team needs him to return to form.
Horseradish is a prolific perennial herb that adapts to all types of soil.
In 2012, no rapper was more prolific than 2 Chainz.

In science:

The reactor is permanently rich with prolific amount of atoms whose nucleus is capable of emitting the neutrons. Therefore, the disturbance of the physical mechanism of nuclei decay with emission of delayed neutrons may result in a substantial change of neutron density.
On the possible physical mechanism of Chernobyl catastrophe and the unsoundness of official conclusion
Research in time series (TS) has been very prolific in the last decade.
XQ2P: Efficient XQuery P2P Time Series Processing
The large acceptance of the STAR detector makes it suitable for reconstructing the hadronic jets that are prolifically produced in high-pT processes.
Spin Physics with the STAR detector
Overconfidence in human activity is prolific; research shows that in relatively complex problems, humans are consistently overconfident.
Exploring Human Factors in Spreadsheet Development
Oct-3/4 maintains the proliferative embryonic stem cell state via specific binding to a variant octamer sequence in the regulatory region of the UTF1 locus.
Gene profiling for determining pluripotent genes in a time course microarray experiment
Tol, R.S.J. (2009). The Matthew effect defined and tested for the 100 most prolific economists. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 60(2): 420-426.
The impact factor's Matthew effect: a natural experiment in bibliometrics
It has been identified that one of the Software Engineering areas with a more prolific use of AI techniques is software testing.
Automated Software Testing Using Metahurestic Technique Based on An Ant Colony Optimization
Figures 7-9 show the distributions for number of proposals per PI submitted to each of the programs over the 2001 to 2009 period. In all cases the most common instance, or modal value, is for individuals to have submitted a single proposal. There are very prolific proposal writers however for each of the programs.
NASA Astrophysics Division Research and Analysis Program Statistics for the Period 2001-2009
John Ellard Gore FRAS, MRIA (1845-1910) was an Irish amateur astronomer and prolific author of popular astronomy books. His main observational interest was variable stars, of which he discovered several, and he served as the first Director of the BAA Variable Star Section.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
John Ellard Gore (1845-1910; Figure 1) was an Irish amateur astronomer and prolific author of popular astronomy books. His main observational interest was variable stars.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
One such was the prolific variable star observer George Knott (Figure 4) from his observatory at Cuckfield, Sussex.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness