• WordNet 3.6
    • v amplify increase the volume of "amplify sound"
    • v amplify exaggerate or make bigger "The charges were inflated"
    • v amplify increase in size, volume or significance "Her terror was magnified in her mind"
    • v amplify to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Amplify To become larger. "Strait was the way at first, withouten light,
      But further in did further amplify ."
    • Amplify (Rhet) To enlarge by addition or discussion; to treat copiously by adding particulars, illustrations, etc.; to expand; to make much of. "Troilus and Cressida was written by a Lombard author, but much amplified by our English translator."
    • Amplify To render larger, more extended, or more intense, and the like; -- used especially of telescopes, microscopes, etc.
    • Amplify To speak largely or copiously; to be diffuse in argument or description; to dilate; to expatiate; -- often with on or upon. "He must often enlarge and amplify upon the subject he handles."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • amplify To make large or larger in volume, extent, capacity, amount, importance, etc.; enlarge or make more ample.
    • amplify To expand in stating or describing; treat copiously, so as to present in every point of view and in the strongest lights.
    • amplify Synonyms To expand, develop, extend, dilate, magnify.
    • amplify To grow or become ample or more ample.
    • amplify To discourse more at length; speak largely or copiously; be diffuse in argument or description; expatiate; dilate: commonly with on or upon before an object: as, to amplify on the several topics of discourse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Amplify am′pli-fī to make more copious in expression: to add to
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  • Andre Gide
    “Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.”
  • Virginia Graham
    Virginia Graham
    “Good shot, bad luck and hell are the five basic words to be used in a game of tennis, though these, of course, can be slightly amplified.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. amplifier, L. amplificare,. See Ample -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. amplus, large, and fac-ĕre, to make.


In literature:

Once or twice the other man corrected him or amplified some statement.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
We will now amplify, as far as is necessary, the points already touched upon, and introduce the Variations recognised in connection with the game.
"Round Games with Cards" by W. H. Peel
At every step this infernal power is amplified and magnified in these Novenas.
"The Legacy of Ignorantism" by T.H. Pardo de Tavera
It merely amplified the normal telepathic impulses existing in every human mind, Ellerbee said.
"The Great Gray Plague" by Raymond F. Jones
The Decision may involve certain deductions or inferences, either delimiting or amplifying its nature.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
His amplified voice brought an instant reaction from the crowd.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Valerius, however, amplifies where Apollonius is brief, and vice versa.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
They have an amplifier, and you don't have to use phones at all.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
It is truly a strong statement, and no doubt the apostle fully explained it, amplifying it beautifully and well.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The quotation must, however, have been made from memory, and it is amplified and expanded from the original.
"Notes and Queries, Number 193, July 9, 1853" by Various

In poetry:

So multitudes together came,
Like wandering magi from the East
With precious gifts unto the King,
With every good and perfect thing
To satisfy a shivering frame
Or amplify a feast.
"Christmas At Church" by Hattie Howard

In news:

This unique approach to combining the outputs of large numbers of GaAs and GaN MMIC amplifiers can provide solid-state power comparable to vacuum-tube devices.
This series of amplifiers employ transistor arrays and spatial -combining techniques to generate high output-power levels at millimeter-wave frequencies.
SpeakerCast from Soundcast Systems is a wireless compact, amplified stereo speaker enclosure incorporating two full range drivers, a 50 watt per channel digital amplifier, and the Soundcast receiver.
Altinex announced the coming release of its new DA103-301 HDMI 1x2 distribution amplifier/ splitter .
Gefen made available its ex-tend-it 2:8 HD distribution amplifier, which sends one HDTV video source to eight HDTV displays using DVI (digital visual interface) connectors.
The Zeppelin one-piece amplified speaker system is designed to give your iPod high fidelity playback.
Watch a rooftop film or throw an impromptu dance party with Carbon Audio's silicone wireless speakers ($99.95 at the Apple Store, 401 W 14th St, at Ninth Ave. 212-444-3400), which amplify your iPad sound up to 500 percent.
Kleinhans must stop over -amplifying sound.
Kleinhans must stop over-amplifying sound.
Successive Detection Log Video Amplifier.
But the quiet in Washington has only amplified a flap between some members of congress and administration officials over an allegedly " suppressed " report from the Environmental Protection Agency.
This combination of high thermal conductivity and low dielectric loss translates into improved amplifier performance.
Thanks to this column, I have helped amplify the efforts and insights of many impressive and fearless women in a wide variety of fields.
The 60th Anniversary Limited Edition C22 Tube Preamplifier and MC75 Tube Monoblock Power Amplifier aren't exact replicas of the originals-they're better.
I have to hand it to Tatum: Magic Mike proved that he's capable of a light comedic touch, which is only amplified by the beefcake exterior.

In science:

An important aspect of the random lasing is that for a high gain (pumping) the randomness of the amplifying medium makes the emission fluctuate strongly over the different microscopic realizations (complexions) of the randomness of the medium.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium
To fix the idea, consider a RAM with the scatterers dispersed densely and randomly in an amplifying continuum. A spontaneously emitted photon is expected to diffuse with a diffusion constant D = (1/3)cℓ, where ℓ is the elastic mean free path and c is the speed of light in the medium.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium
Additionally, these were compared with an F-RAM consisting of long pieces of amplifying fibers embedded in a passive scattering medium.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium
An F-RAM consisting of amplifying fibers crushed to sub-millimeter sizes (which serve both to amplify and scatter the light), was contained in a glass cuvette of size 1 cm×1 cm ×5 cm.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium
Ten long pieces (length 6 mm) of amplifying fibers were then added to the above F-RAM, and in a similar fashion the spectra for 420 different complexions of the sample recorded. A typical spectrum of this F-RAM is shown in Fig 6.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium