• WordNet 3.6
    • n procreation the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Procreation The act of begetting; generation and production of young.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n procreation The act of procreating or begetting; generation and production of young.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Procreation the act of procreating: generation: production
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  • Thornton Wilder
    “The planting of trees in the least self-centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “Living substance conquers the frenzy of destruction only in the ecstasy of procreation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. procréation, L, procreatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. procreāre, -ātumpro, forth, creāre, to produce.


In literature:

These christians are mere bunglers; they procreate nothing but out of their own wives, and these have all the looks of eldest sons.
"The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Where then is the necessity for recreation or procreation?
"Retrospection and Introspection" by Mary Baker Eddy
Their manner of generation or procreation is exceedingly strange and highly worth observing.
"The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765" by J. E. Heeres
Quite unconsciously they lived in such a way as to procreate genius.
"We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18)" by Friedrich Nietzsche
It would not relax its hold until the abdomen itself, the seat of the organs of procreation, was attacked.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
The essential features of reproduction proclaim monogamy to be the true method of procreation.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The removal of the testicles does not of necessity render a man impotent, although it deprives him of his procreative power.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Then its procreative power became weakened to the verge of exhaustion.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
For what is more foolish than the game of procreation?
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
It is due to posterity that procreation be brought under the control of reason and conscience.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
They sprang from our nature, which seems expressly made to procreate and rear them.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
Communication is the prime requisite to procreation.
"Instinct" by George Oliver Smith
Also ENA, who is before; again the father, the procreator.
"Vestiges of the Mayas" by Augustus Le Plongeon
The slug must procreate its kind, or its kind will perish; and so I.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
To procreate and to bury!
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
Of course, though, you do it for procreation, don't you?
"You Don't Make Wine Like the Greeks Did" by David E. Fisher
There is a water meadow with which I am familiar, where large numbers resort annually for the purpose of procreation.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
They must get food somehow, they must sleep and wake, they must procreate.
"Do Unto Others" by Mark Clifton
If men really got their deserts, procreation would cease, and the world, depopulated, revert to the forest beasts.
"The Little Red Foot" by Robert W. Chambers
The great "Procreation Fetish" remained.
"The Drunkard" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

In poetry:

Proved to me this day, beyond cavil, that it is not my material
eyes which finally see,
Nor my material body which finally loves, walks, laughs, shouts,
embraces, procreates.
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman
Is there not a great Mind pre-ordaining?
Does not a supreme Intellect ideally procreate the Universe?
Is not each soul a vivid thought in the great consciousness
stream of God?
"St. John" by D H Lawrence
And hear him bellow, after many years, the bull that serves
the Son of Man.
Moaning, booing, roaring hollow
Constrained to pour forth all his fire down the narrow sluice
of procreation
Through such narrow loins, too narrow.
"St. Luke" by D H Lawrence

In news:

In the animal world, a hen's egg is fertilized by rooster sperm, papa frog spills his swimmers over the mama's eggs (sometimes after manipulating her to lay them), and, well, humans have their own twist on courtship and procreation.
The wet weather is like throwing a procreation party for the state's unofficial bird, the mosquito.
MLB Team Paying for Procreation .
What if it were legal for a couple to marry only if they procreate .
Marriage Is Not About Procreation .
Government should limit lower class procreation .
"Travel And Leisure" Associate Editor Sarah Kantrowitz discusses some of the best and most romantic weekend getaway spots in order for couples to enjoy a sexy and sensual " procreation vacation.".
Try a ' procreation vacation.
WASHINGTON STATE'S most violent prisoners have the right to procreate, the 9th District US Court of Appeals decided last week.
Gay Marriage Won't Sever the Institution from Procreation.
"Donor embryos" newest addition to world of artificial procreation.
Deer are fully conscious, sensitive beings whose lives consist of survival and procreation.
A California hatchery charged with ensuring salmon procreate despite the dams blocking their native runs is killing fish by the thousands without allowing them to breed .
If we as a society really want to do a better job of keeping our children out of dumpsters – or premature graves – we must stop avoiding the hard conversations about providing incentives to people to stop reckless procreation.
It plays a major supporting role in both intimate pleasure and procreation.

In science:

Understanding DNA requires knowing the environment (context) in which it exists, which may initially appear obvious as DNA is considered to be the language of life and the purpose of life is to procreate or replicate (Dawkins, 2006).
Self-Organisation of Evolving Agent Populations in Digital Ecosystems
Virtually all activities of biological life-forms are towards this aim (Dawkins, 2006), with a few exceptions (e.g. suicide before procreation), and to achieve replication requires resources, energy and matter to be harvested.
Self-Organisation of Evolving Agent Populations in Digital Ecosystems
Nevertheless, if we accept that natural selection prevents the manifestation of deleterious mutations before procreation, it is easy to understand why this premature senescence occurs: After reproduction, the individuum does not need to be protected anymore, since it is not going to produce offspring any longer.
Exact Results of the Bit-String Model for Catastrophic Senescence