a secondary or incidental product, as in a process of manufacture.
the result of another action, often unforeseen or unintended.
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How to use by-product in a sentence
What if violence against women is not a by-product of war, but rather a major cause of it?
Like dead wrestlers, this is a natural by-product of the sport itself.The MMA Fighters Have Gone Crazy: ‘Mayhem’ Miller the Latest in a Long Line of Psycho Pugilists | Robert Silverman | October 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The proliferation of zany burger toppings came next as an inevitable by-product of the high-end burger fad.Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’? The Crazy Fetishization of Our Most Basic Comfort Food | Brandon Presser | July 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But those long wait times are not necessarily a by-product of their single-payer system.Fact-Checking Suzanne Somers’s Claim That Obamacare is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme | Brandy Zadrozny | October 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The by-product of a choice to live in public; to put your information online.
The carbonic acid used is (p. 142) a by-product, hitherto wasted, from the fermenting tuns of breweries.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
This negative, this suppressing character of attention is not a chance by-product, it is most essential.Psychotherapy | Hugo Mnsterberg
It seems to be a by-product of the Gospel that nobody wants to contribute to the maintenance of the Gospel ministry.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians | Martin Luther
Curiously enough, it came as an unexpected by-product of a further experiment in protection, the Payne-Aldrich tariff.The Canadian Dominion | Oscar D. Skelton
For some reason altogether beyond our conception—and man may have been a mere accident, a by-product evolved in the process.The Poison Belt | Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for by-product
a secondary or incidental product of a manufacturing process
a side effect
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Scientific definitions for by-product
Something produced in the process of making something else. When plants produce carbohydrates by photosynthesis, oxygen is released as a by-product. Asphalt and paraffin are by-products of the process of refining crude oil into gasoline.
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