Definition Of propagate

verb

(with reference to motion, light, sound, etc.) transmit or be transmitted in a particular direction or through a medium.

electromagnetic effects can be propagated at a finite velocity only through material substances

breed specimens of (a plant or animal) by natural processes from the parent stock.

try propagating your own houseplants from cuttings

breed specimens of (a plant, animal, etc.) by natural processes from the parent stock.

try propagating your own houseplants from cuttings

spread and promote (an idea, theory, etc.) widely.

the French propagated the idea that the English were violent and gluttonous drunkards

Example Of propagate

  • a hydraulic fracture is generally expected to propagate in a vertical plane

  • A new technique allows researchers to culture colonies of mouse brain stem cells that can either propagate without differentiating or become normal brain cells at the flip of a genetic switch.

  • As light is propagated through a biological medium, components of that light are either propagated forward in the medium, absorbed by molecules, or scattered in all directions within the medium.

  • As much as possible, mutants were vegetatively propagated to prevent loss of each genotype.

  • As with black Sampson coneflower, propagation by root division is rarely successful, so propagate this species by seed after moist stratification.


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