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[prod-uh kt, -uhkt] /ˈprɒd əkt, -ʌkt/
a thing produced by labor:
products of farm and factory; the product of his thought.
a person or thing produced by or resulting from a process, as a natural, social, or historical one; result:
He is a product of his time.
the totality of goods or services that a company makes available; output:
a decrease in product during the past year.
Chemistry. a substance obtained from another substance through chemical change.
  1. the result obtained by multiplying two or more quantities together.
  2. intersection (def 3a).
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin prōductum (thing) produced, neuter of past participle of prōdūcere to produce
Related forms
multiproduct, adjective
subproduct, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for product
  • It can be tough to make these distinctions and discern when a new product solves only the problem it created.
  • Not all appearances of name-brand items in movies result from product placement.
  • Other stores try to make it easier for customers to get the look and feel of a product without actually handling the goods.
  • In proportion to the completeness of the distillation, so will the purity and imperishableness of the product be.
  • He is accordingly not simple, but a product of a certain civilization, and he is not wholly conscious.
  • You're as much a product of it as an ear of corn is, or a tree.
  • Find and read consumer product reviews, shop for gadgets, go comparison shopping of electronics.
  • The two authors measure the proximity of one product to another based on the probability that a country makes both.
  • Trademarks are merely the right to indicate the origin of a product or service.
  • The idea is that, if a certain product is seen to be popular, shoppers are likely to choose it too.
British Dictionary definitions for product


something produced by effort, or some mechanical or industrial process
the result of some natural process
a result or consequence
a substance formed in a chemical reaction
(mainly US) any substance used to style hair, such as gel, wax, mousse, or hairspray
  1. the result of the multiplication of two or more numbers, quantities, etc
  2. Also called set product another name for intersection (sense 3)
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prōductum (something) produced, from prōdūcere to bring forth
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Word Origin and History for product

early 15c., "mathematical quantity obtained by multiplication," from Medieval Latin productum, in classical Latin "something produced," noun use of neuter past participle of producere "bring forth" (see produce (v.)). General sense of "anything produced" is attested in English from 1570s.

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product in Medicine

product prod·uct (prŏd'əkt)

  1. Something produced by human or mechanical effort or by a natural process.

  2. A substance resulting from a chemical reaction.

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product in Science
A number or quantity obtained by multiplication. For example, the product of 3 and 7 is 21.
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product in Technology
mathematics, programming
An expression in mathematics or computer programming consisting of two other expressions multiplied together. In mathematics, multiplication is usually represented by juxtaposition, e.g. "x y", whereas in programming, "*" is used as an infix operator, e.g. "salary * tax_rate.
In the most common type of product, each operand is a number (integer, real number, fraction or imaginary number) but the term extends naturally to cover more complex operations like multiplying a string by an integer (e.g., in Perl, "foo" x 2) or multiplying vectors and matrices or more than two operands.
In type systems, a tuple is sometimes known as a "product type".
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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