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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 from the web for mimicking
  • Computers are coming closer and closer to mimicking the human brain.
  • They zapped it with electricity, mimicking lightning.
  • Neural networks are computer systems designed to find patterns in data by mimicking human thought processes.
  • Biomimetics is the concept of industrial design and engineering mimicking characteristics found in nature.
  • The author delights in mimicking the gauche naivete of folk narrative.
  • The government sues constantly, mimicking its counterparts in neighbouring countries.
  • The boys stay close by his side, mimicking his every move.
  • Bland onstage, mimicking that singer's languid, bluesy croon.
  • And a mimicking octopus not only changes colors but can emulate anything from rocks to snakes.
  • That's mimicking but he also knows what event it will create.
British Dictionary definitions for mimicking

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 mimicking

mimic

n.

1580s, "a mime," from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," from mimos "mime."

v.

1680s, from mimic (n.). Related: Mimicked; mimicking.

adj.

1590s, from Latin mimicus, from Greek mimikos "of or pertaining to mimes," verbal adjective from mimeisthai "to mimic, imitate, portray by means of imitation" (see mimeograph).

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mimicking 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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Related Abbreviations for mimicking

MIMIC

microwave/millimeter wave monolithic integrated circuit
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