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mimic

[mim-ik] /ˈmɪm ɪk/
verb (used with object), mimicked, mimicking.
1.
to imitate or copy in action, speech, etc., often playfully or derisively.
2.
to imitate in a servile or unthinking way; ape.
3.
to be an imitation of; simulate; resemble closely.
noun
4.
a person who mimics, especially a performer skilled in mimicking others.
5.
a copy or imitation of something.
6.
a performer in a mime.
adjective
7.
imitating or copying something, often on a smaller scale:
a mimic battle.
8.
apt at or given to imitating; imitative; simulative.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin mīmicus < Greek mīmikós. See mime, -ic
Related forms
mimicker, noun
unmimicked, adjective
Synonyms
1. follow, mock; impersonate; simulate, counterfeit. 7. mock, simulated.
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Examples for mimic
  • Lights bright enough to mimic true day light.
  • So naturally computers will soon be able to mimic the brain's workings.
  • This exercise mimics that situation to improve stability and prevent a crash.
  • Predatory mimics are found in nature.
  • They mimic the acoustic effect, not the production.
  • In other words, the movements of dreaming eyes mimic those of waking eyes.
  • Little kids love to mimic older kids.
  • Kids mimic real life motions to make them happen on the screen.
  • He suggests she use exchange traded funds, which are funds that try to mimic an index or industry group's performance.
  • Races are grueling and can tend to mimic roller derby on dirt.
British Dictionary definitions for mimic

mimic

/ˈmɪmɪk/
verb (transitive) -ics, -icking, -icked
1.
to imitate (a person, a manner, etc), esp for satirical effect; ape known mainly for his ability to mimic other singers
2.
to take on the appearance of; resemble closely certain flies mimic wasps
3.
to copy closely or in a servile manner
noun
4.
a person or an animal, such as a parrot, that is clever at mimicking
5.
an animal that displays mimicry
adjective
6.
of, relating to, or using mimicry; imitative
7.
simulated, make-believe, or mock
Derived Forms
mimicker, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mīmicus, from Greek mimikos, from mimosmime
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Word Origin and History for mimic
mimic
1580s (n.), 1590s (adj.), 1680s (v.), from L. mimicus, from Gk. mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," from mimos "mime." Related: Mimicked; mimicking.
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mimic in Medicine

mimic mim·ic (mĭm'ĭk)
v. mim·icked, mim·ick·ing, mim·ics

  1. To resemble closely; simulate.

  2. To take on the appearance of.


mim'ic adj. & n.
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mimic in Technology

language
An early language designed by J.H. Andrews of the NIH in 1967 for solving engineering problems such as differential equations that would otherwise have been done on an analog computer.
["MIMIC, An Alternative Programming Language for Industrial Dynamics, N.D. Peterson, Socio-Econ Plan Sci. 6, Pergamon 1972].
(1995-01-19)

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Related Abbreviations for mimic

MIMIC

microwave/millimeter wave monolithic integrated circuit
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