• WordNet 3.6
    • n amplification (electronics) the act of increasing voltage or power or current
    • n amplification addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail "a few remarks added in amplification and defense","an elaboration of the sketch followed"
    • n amplification the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "laser" stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission by radiation."
    • Amplification The act of amplifying or enlarging in dimensions; enlargement; extension.
    • Amplification (Rhet) The enlarging of a simple statement by particularity of description, the use of epithets, etc., for rhetorical effect; diffuse narrative or description, or a dilating upon all the particulars of a subject. "Exaggeration is a species of amplification .""I shall summarily, without any amplification at all, show in what manner defects have been supplied."
    • Amplification The matter by which a statement is amplified; as, the subject was presented without amplifications .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Laser stands for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation." Developed 1950s 1960s.
    • n amplification The act of amplifying or enlarging in dimensions; enlargement; extension.
    • n amplification Specifically.
    • n amplification In rhetoric, expansion for rhetorical purposes of a narrative, description, argument, or other discourse; a discourse or passage so expanded; an addition made in expanding.
    • n amplification In logic, an increase in the logical depth (comprehension) of a term without any corresponding decrease of breadth (extension), as the expansion of “plane triangle” into “plane triangle having the sum of its angles equal to two right angles,” which is equivalent to it with respect to extension.
    • n amplification In microscopy, increase of the visual area, as distinguished from magnification (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amplification enlargement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. amplificatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. amplus, large, and fac-ĕre, to make.


In literature:

Then, though he had no visible means of amplification, his voice boomed hollowly through the auditorium.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
Wade, keep the radio going at full amplification; the building may cut out some of the power.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
We must strike some sort of balance between my brevity and your amplification.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
Nothing can be more tiresome than a sermonic amplification of such passages.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
There were however many amplifications of the first type.
"Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1" by Elise Whitlock Rose
Travellers are notorious for amplification, and if the public do not believe you, let them go and measure it themselves.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
These have so far served our purpose fairly well but, in the opinion of the secretary, they now need modification and amplification.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
Without amplification, you couldn't control your shield properly.
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
Parts of this might have borne, I do not say amplification, for it was quite long enough, but a word or two of elucidation.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
He reached in and swiftly completed corrective changes of amplification and scanning voltages.
"The Machine That Saved The World" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins

In news:

My mother needs a device that will provide a lot of special tv amplification for very hard of hearing people.
The C120 wireless TV amplifier headset from Clarity provides for 50dB of amplification for $189.95.
Interstitial myofibrositis, described by Smythe as a rubric, pain amplification syndrome, is referred to by Simon as a muscle pain syndrome.
Although it rarely receives the attention it deserves, linearity is the most important property of any electronic amplification circuit.
At Lucigen , we deliver solutions to current problems in DNA cloning, sequencing, amplification, and protein expression by providing exceptionally reliable products and services to life science researchers.
Musicians will have to play by a new set of rules if they want to use sound amplification equipment at Lytton Plaza in Palo Alto.
(See Corrections and Amplifications item below.
Designed and approved for above-ceiling installations, the PlenumAmp (PMA-240) from Roemtech allows end-users to conceal an audio amplification system.
Spinnaker Multimedia Solutions installed Martin Audio OmniLine arrays along with Crown Audio amplification and a Allen & Heath iDR-8 DSP system at the St David's Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.
The sight of Bill Clinton back at the White House podium defending tax cuts for the super-rich was more a sick joke than a serious amplification of economic policy.
Sister Ray is 17 minutes of amplif.
Vox Amplification announces " Rake in the Rebates", a fall rebate promotion that includes the popular Night Train amplifier heads, the DelayLab multi-effect delay pedal, the Dynamic Looper pedal, and Tony Bruno designed Vox amplifiers.
This week it's Eric Leonardson's sound-amplification instrument.
The speakers come with digital crossover and high-current amplification for the subs.
CORRECTIONS / AMPLIFICATIONS This story has been amended from its original version.

In science:

So it is likely to expect local “amplifications”, “stretching” etc.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
It has a large effective gain (well above 1000) at a much reduced voltage (at least 70 Volt less) compared with our previous 90μm pitch GEM. This is likely due to the higher field lines density inside the very narrow amplification holes.
A Sealed Gas Pixel Detector for X-ray Astronomy
Photon number amplification Without giving the details of our theory, we will here give the essence of our formalism. We rely on the constant of the motion, eq.(5) in developing this theory.
Quantum Mechanical Basis of Vision
This has the natural consequence of swapping the atom-photon numbers resulting in photon number amplification as well as discrimination.
Quantum Mechanical Basis of Vision
While spontaneous emission has been recently exploited for random number generation , this Letter describes the first demonstration, to our knowledge, that multiple independent streams can be simultaneously obtained from a single optoelectronic noise source without the need for external optical amplification or gain.
Scalable parallel physical random number generator based on a superluminescent LED