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
Other by-products included similar petrochemicals, such as ethylene and propylene, which can be used to make plastics.A new iron-based catalyst converts carbon dioxide into jet fuel | Maria Temming | December 22, 2020 | Science News
Mines globally produce enough mineral by-products to capture nearly 40 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to the National Academies study.Asbestos could be a powerful weapon against climate change (you read that right) | James Temple | October 6, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Aerial photos of the vast ponds of tailings—a thick, oily by-product of the extraction process—have long sparked pushback by environmentalists.After the boom: Canada’s oil capital faces an uncertain future | kdunn6 | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
They are lake-sized pits used to store the toxic water that is a byproduct of the mining process.
Kanyange has AIDS, a byproduct of a gang rape she suffered during the genocide.
Everyday life produces climate change as a passive byproduct.Daenerys Goes to Washington: The Modern Politics of ‘Game of Thrones’ | Jedediah Purdy | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And these days, CEOs get most of their compensation as a byproduct of rising share prices.The SEC Can’t Make CEOs Care About Their Employees | Daniel Gross | September 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And as a byproduct of the continuing resurgence of housing, sales of high-margin pickup trucks and SUVs also rose smartly.
Or, to put it in other words, medival witchcraft was a byproduct of the civilisation of the Roman Empire.Irish Witchcraft and Demonology | St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour
An astonishing byproduct of the national despair and turmoil was the feverish activity in all fields of creative endeavor.Greener Than You Think | Ward Moore
Benzol from byproduct coking ovens also can be used, but quantitatively is totally inadequate.Conservation Through Engineering | Franklin K. Lane
A large part of decision is intuitive; it is the byproduct of the subconscious.The Armed Forces Officer | U. S. Department of Defense
The chief byproduct of the plant is creosote, of which about 70,000 gallons are shipped to eastern markets each year.North Dakota | Various
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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