Definition of propagation in English:

propagation

noun

mass noun
  • 1The breeding of specimens of a plant or animal by natural processes from the parent stock.

    ‘the propagation of plants by root cuttings’
    as modifier ‘propagation techniques such as grafting’
    • ‘He imported 15,000 olive tree cuttings for propagation.’
    • ‘Vegetative propagation is used because garlic flowers are sterile and will not produce true seed.’
    • ‘If an orchard is found to be infected, the source might be the mother trees used for propagation.’
    • ‘She is sure to bring tools like loppers and shovels to gather plant material for propagation.’
    • ‘He also developed a double wall insulated hive box and was one of the first to try splitting nests as a propagation technique.’
    • ‘Propagation techniques, such as grafting, have been easily mastered by the farmers.’
    • ‘The three propagation methods will produce a new lily plant identical to the parent.’
    • ‘Improved management of the genetics of small captive populations is beginning to make propagation more successful.’
    • ‘A mussel propagation facility is being considered by the national park.’
    • ‘We had plants in the propagation tunnel for a short time.’
    1. 1.1Reproduction by natural processes.
      ‘hunting regulations ensure the propagation of the species’
      ‘asexual propagation is the primary mode of reproduction’
      • ‘People genetically act for the sake of propagation of their own genes.’
      • ‘The dominant instinct in every species is the survival and propagation of that species, and the urge to reproduce is paramount.’
      • ‘Some, including the honey bee, are important pollinators essential for the propagation of plants.’
      • ‘Chip budding is one of the primary grafting methods used for the asexual propagation of woody plants.’
      • ‘The worm also harvests to further its propagation.’
      • ‘At least 19 species have been reintroduced into the wild after captive propagation.’
      • ‘The advantage of asexual propagation to farmers is that the crops will be more uniform than those produced from seed.’
      • ‘The fruits of this lime have seeds, and propagation is usually from these seeds.’
      • ‘This seed dispersal often leads to the propagation of new plants.’
      • ‘Sex is the engine that drives creation, ensuring propagation of the race and ultimate survival of the species.’
  • 2The action of widely spreading and promoting an idea, theory, etc.

    ‘a life devoted to the propagation of the Catholic faith’
    ‘the propagation of ideas was important’
    • ‘The propagation of new information should happen from one end of the supply chain to the other, overnight.’
    • ‘Many aspects of cultural production and the rise of the creative industries are central to the continued propagation of a consumer society.’
    • ‘A religious art must dedicate itself to a propagation of the divine message.’
    • ‘The propagation of this globalisation ideology has become like an act of faith.’
    • ‘They were entrusted with the defence and propagation of the Buddhist faith.’
    • ‘Such a structure is ideal for the study of the propagation of information.’
    • ‘Several student organizations have evolved to provide forums for the discussion and wider propagation of issues fundamental to improving educational opportunities.’
    • ‘The propagation of new ideas was what the authorities particularly wished to avoid.’
    • ‘They must understand that one of their functions is to ensure the sustained propagation of the Sikh religion.’
    • ‘All buses are equipped with radios to ensure the immediate propagation of bad news.’
  • 3Transmission of motion, light, sound, etc. in a particular direction or through a medium.

    ‘the propagation of radio waves through space’
    ‘the physics of light propagation’
    • ‘The semi-circular design of Greek and Roman amphitheatres clearly indicates a fundamental understanding of the spherical propagation of sound.’
    • ‘The features of sound and recordings demonstrate the phenomenon of sound propagation in a compressible medium.’
    • ‘The wave analogy is similar to the propagation of an acoustic wave in air.’
    • ‘Recently he has focused on numerical modeling of seismic wave propagation.’
    • ‘He asserted that space relations are based on the causal propagation of a signal.’
    • ‘The field equations governing the propagation and interaction of these particles are different.’
    • ‘Toughness is the material resistance to crack propagation.’
    • ‘The cell membrane was found to be the most sensitive to the shock wave propagation among the cell components.’
    • ‘Radio wave propagation extends beyond optical line of sight.’
    • ‘Wind shear and temperature gradients influence the acoustic propagation of sound.’

Pronunciation

propagation

/prɒpəˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/