Meaning of replicator in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɛplɪkeɪtə/


  • 1A thing which replicates or copies something.

    ‘They are faced with genuine hardships and dangers, with no ‘magical’ super-technology like transporters or replicators or holodecks or warp drives to save them.’
    • ‘The transporters and replicators begin turning the ship into an ancient alien temple.’
    • ‘Each layer is molded in one substrate, the two are joined using an optically transparent bonding layer and the replicators print the discs in the conventional way.’
    1. 1.1Biology A structural gene at which replication of a specific replicon is believed to be initiated.
      ‘The shaky claim that DNA is a replicator ignores the endless subtle variation by means of which nature passes life on from one generation to the next.’
      • ‘Like a gene, a meme is therefore a replicator, propagating itself across populations through ‘a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation.’’