• WordNet 3.6
    • n proliferation growth by the rapid multiplication of parts
    • n proliferation a rapid increase in number (especially a rapid increase in the number of deadly weapons) "the proliferation of nuclear weapons"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Proliferation (Biol) The continuous development of cells in tissue formation; cell formation.
    • Proliferation (Zoöl) The production of numerous zooids by budding, especially when buds arise from other buds in succession.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n proliferation In zoology, the origination and development of generative zoöids, as in the formation of medusa-buds (planoblasts or hedrioblasts) by a polyp. See planoblast.
    • n proliferation In botany, same as prolification.
    • n proliferation Increase in size by reproduction of the primary elements.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Proliferation the birth and growth of generative zoöids
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. proles, progeny, ferre, to bear.


In literature:

By the late 1980s, phone-phreak groups and hacker groups, united by boards, had proliferated fantastically.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
The irritation produced by their presence gives rise to proliferation of the connective-tissue corpuscles.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
And the proliferation of prisons, however necessary, is no substitute for hope and order in our souls.
"United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches" by Various
It is just the disorderly proliferation of Bromstead over again, in lives instead of in houses.
"The New Machiavelli" by Herbert George Wells
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Everything grows, swells, proliferates.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Proliferous rose (Bell Salter) 78 36, 37.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Nodes are thickened and sometimes proliferous.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
The ovary and testes are heaped-up masses of red or yellow cells due to a proliferation of the cells lining the coelom.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
The evidence indicated that the tick suffers from a relatively harmless, generalized infection and the virus proliferates in its body.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
Everything grows, swells, proliferates.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
In the seas there had been no such advance but a great proliferation of new forms of life.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
This phenomenon is known as proliferation of the floral axis.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
Further proliferation, however, often compacts the structure into an almost uniform flat area.
"Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa" by Nelson Annandale
There is marked proliferation of connective tissue in cortex and medulla.
"Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:" by Louis Marshall Warfield
That the chieftaincy was neither inherited nor permanent is indicated by the proliferation of chiefs' names in historical sources.
"Shoshone-Bannock Subsistence and Society" by Robert F. Murphy
The endothelium then undergoes proliferation, and thrombosis is produced.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
Heads often proliferous in autumn.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
Everywhere purple-leaved vines, vastly proliferating, climbed in a riot of greed for the sunlight of the forest ceiling.
"West Of The Sun" by Edgar Pangborn
The science treats of a balanced system rather than of a proliferation.
"The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays" by Thorstein Veblen

In news:

As threats proliferate, here are five areas where companies need to strengthen and update their policies and practices.
Authorities on four of the world's most pressing issues -- the economy, the war in Afghanistan, nuclear proliferation and the environment -- will appear in Portland next year for the nation's largest annual international speaker series.
Between online shopping and the proliferation of credit cards there has never been an easier time to buy things.
Failed similes proliferated throughout the afternoon.
I'm talking about the proliferation of the Clark Clan meaning, I now have SIXTY-FIVE nieces and nephews.
PR people don't normally miss a trick, so one may conclude that the proliferation and significance of television must be the single most important factor in the PR boom we have seen in the UK.
What with the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of Islam, there's been a huge proliferation of Stans in the news.
Powerless Against Nuclear Proliferation in Asia.
Archive for the ' proliferation ' Tag.
Article on Proliferation of Bank Branches Informative.
Proliferation of 'credit mills' shows need for regulation.
The mad proliferation of federal criminal laws.
How Hershey's thwarted SKU proliferation with hybrid palletizing solution.
The Proliferation of Wireless Networking.
Proliferation of Signs in Village of Sagaponack Disturbing.

In science:

In this article, we introduce a family of colored tensor models which exhibit multi-critical behaviors in a remarkably simple fashion. A way to characterize them is the entropy exponent, which quantifies the proliferation of microscopic configurations in the thermodynamic limit.
Multicritical tensor models and hard dimers on spherical random lattices
In combination with a unified gauge group this proliferates an attractive framework to describe mixing angles and CP violation in the quark and the lepton sector as a result of spontaneously broken discrete family and shaping symmetries.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
Environment as a witness: Selective proliferation of information and emergence of ob jectivity in a quantum universe.
Consistent quantum mechanics admits no mereotopology
This regime will exhibit distortions beyond the elastic approximation, resulting in the proliferation of dislocations that are notoriously difficult to treat analytically, requiring sophisticated numerical analysis.
Smectic order, pinning, and phase transition in a smectic liquid crystal cell with a random substrate
This ends up implying that if we have a proliferation of long one-paths, then we would not be able to prove (b).
Frozen variables in random boolean constraint satisfaction problems
It turns out that a proliferation of long one-paths would also prevent us from proving (a).
Frozen variables in random boolean constraint satisfaction problems
To avoid a proliferation of subscripts, we shall write limx→∞ to mean convergence along the subsequence xk .
On the Maximal Displacement of a Critical Branching Random Walk
Cell proliferation patterns in the wing imaginal disc of drosophila.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
The above arguments highlight that the anomalous scaling dimension η is a function of the two kinds of fractal structures we can define on the ensemble of piecewise linear manifolds: the Hausdorff dimension and the baby universe proliferation probability.
Quantization of Geometry
With the proliferation of defects, one reaches the point in which there is no macroscopically acceptable assignment of spins.
Amphiphilic Membranes
This picture provides an energy-balance mechanism for a phase transition driven by a proliferation of topological defects.
Topological Defects in the Random-Field XY Model and Randomly Pinned Vortex Lattices
This transition, we argue, is characterized by the proliferation of dislocations in the lattice, reducing it to the amorphous vortex glass.
Topological Defects in the Random-Field XY Model and Randomly Pinned Vortex Lattices
Research would continue on proliferation-resistant fuel cycles and waste management.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
However, it is tempting to speculate that cluster percolation is related to the Hagedorn transition in string theory, which is known to have the nature of a Kosterlitz-Thouless transition with topological defects proliferating on the world-sheet of the string wrapped around the periodic euclidean time dimension .
Quark Matter '99 --- Theoretical Summary: What Next?
The assumption of M1+ dominance omits any terms that do not involve M1+ , which strongly inhibits the proliferation of terms but is not sufficient in itself to extract quadrupole ratios from cross section data.
Accuracy of traditional Legendre estimators of quadrupole ratios for the N to Delta transition