Definition of propagation in English:



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’
    • ‘A mussel propagation facility is being considered by the national park.’
    • ‘The three propagation methods will produce a new lily plant identical to the parent.’
    • ‘We had plants in the propagation tunnel for a short time.’
    • ‘Propagation techniques, such as grafting, have been easily mastered by the farmers.’
    • ‘She is sure to bring tools like loppers and shovels to gather plant material 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.’
    • ‘He imported 15,000 olive tree cuttings 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.’
    • ‘Improved management of the genetics of small captive populations is beginning to make propagation more successful.’
    1. 1.1 Reproduction by natural processes.
      ‘hunting regulations ensure the propagation of the species’
      ‘asexual propagation is the primary mode of reproduction’
      • ‘The dominant instinct in every species is the survival and propagation of that species, and the urge to reproduce is paramount.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People genetically act for the sake of propagation of their own genes.’
      • ‘Some, including the honey bee, are important pollinators essential for the propagation of plants.’
      • ‘The advantage of asexual propagation to farmers is that the crops will be more uniform than those produced from seed.’
      • ‘At least 19 species have been reintroduced into the wild after captive propagation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 this globalisation ideology has become like an act of faith.’
    • ‘All buses are equipped with radios to ensure the immediate propagation of bad news.’
    • ‘The propagation of new information should happen from one end of the supply chain to the other, overnight.’
    • ‘Such a structure is ideal for the study of the propagation of information.’
    • ‘A religious art must dedicate itself to a propagation of the divine message.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many aspects of cultural production and the rise of the creative industries are central to the continued propagation of a consumer society.’
    • ‘They must understand that one of their functions is to ensure the sustained propagation of the Sikh religion.’
    • ‘They were entrusted with the defence and propagation of the Buddhist faith.’
  • 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 cell membrane was found to be the most sensitive to the shock wave propagation among the cell components.’
    • ‘The wave analogy is similar to the propagation of an acoustic wave in air.’
    • ‘The features of sound and recordings demonstrate the phenomenon of sound propagation in a compressible medium.’
    • ‘The semi-circular design of Greek and Roman amphitheatres clearly indicates a fundamental understanding of the spherical propagation of sound.’
    • ‘Radio wave propagation extends beyond optical line of sight.’
    • ‘Wind shear and temperature gradients influence the acoustic propagation of sound.’
    • ‘He asserted that space relations are based on the causal propagation of a signal.’
    • ‘Toughness is the material resistance to crack propagation.’
    • ‘The field equations governing the propagation and interaction of these particles are different.’
    • ‘Recently he has focused on numerical modeling of seismic wave propagation.’