a cell, cell product, or organism that is genetically identical to the unit or individual from which it was derived.
a population of identical units, cells, or individuals that derive from the same ancestral line.
a person or thing that duplicates, imitates, or closely resembles another in appearance, function, performance, or style: All the fashion models seemed to be clones of one another.Several manufacturers made off-brand clones of the popular game console.
to produce a copy or imitation of.
to copy identifying information from (a mobile device, credit card, security badge, etc.), usually for the purpose of identity theft or unauthorized security access: They cloned my key card and used the copy to steal all the valuables from my hotel room.
to cause to grow as a clone.
to separate (a batch of cells or cell products) so that each portion produces only its own kind.
Biology. to grow as a clone.
- clonal, adjective
- clon·al·ly, adverb
- cloner, noun
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How to use clone in a sentence
We are also living through an artificial intelligence revolution that is unlocking new ways to replicate humans, and firms are racing to develop clones that serve a host of purposes.AI chat bots can bring you back from the dead, sort of | Dalvin Brown | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Physical robots are performance-tested in real-world environments, while their digital clones enter a software program, where they undergo rapid simulated evolution.We’re Teaching Robots to Evolve Autonomously—So They Can Adapt to Life Alone on Distant Planets | Emma Hart | February 4, 2021 | Singularity Hub
It repurposes its worn-out, grown-up cells and spurts out hundreds of fresh-faced identical clones in a jiffy.
Starting with just plant clones, these prediction features will help growers predict yield 90 days away.Canix aims to ease cannabis cultivators’ regulatory bookkeeping | Matt Burns | September 17, 2020 | TechCrunch
That enormous effort only made the problem more puzzling, however, because they found no genetic differences between normal and mantled clones.The Environmental Headache in Your Shampoo - Issue 90: Something Green | Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay | September 16, 2020 | Nautilus
Will we discover whether or not Krieger is a clone this season, and will that be an ongoing plotline?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS | Marlow Stern | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
He also claimed that the CIA had dispatched a clone of himself to Foxcatcher Farm to kill Schultz.
Kimberlin, who looks and softly speaks like a miniaturized clone of David Strathairn, could not lay a glove on his tormenter.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read | David Weigel | August 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rebels is also lighter in tone than the more politically complex clone Wars.‘Star Wars Rebels’ Explores the Jedi’s Lost Years Between the Prequels and the Original Trilogy | Annaliza Savage | August 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This includes the six Star Wars episodes, and the many hours of content he developed and produced in Star Wars: The clone Wars.Lupita Nyong’o Joins ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast | Marlow Stern | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If it had not been for you and your sweet sister, I do not know what we should have clone; but it 's all over now.The Daltons, Volume I (of II) | Charles James Lever
Whatever other injury was or was not clone, his appetite, at least, felt considerably reduced.Colin Clink, Volume I (of III) | Charles Hooton
"I have not," said Betty, blushing rosy red (though she could not have told why) under her aunt's clone scrutiny.An Unwilling Maid | Jeanie Gould Lincoln
They recovered me from backup and into a force-grown clone at Toronto General.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom | Cory Doctorow
We can grow you a new clone and refresh it from your last backup.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom | Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for clone
a group of organisms or cells of the same genetic constitution that are descended from a common ancestor by asexual reproduction, as by cuttings, grafting, etc, in plants
Also called: gene clone a segment of DNA that has been isolated and replicated by laboratory manipulation: used to analyse genes and manufacture their products (proteins)
informal a person or thing bearing a very close resemblance to another person or thing
a mobile phone that has been given the electronic identity of an existing mobile phone, so that calls made on the second phone are charged to the owner of the first phone
any similar object or device, such as a credit card, that has been given the electronic identity of another device usually in order to commit theft
to produce or cause to produce a clone
informal to produce near copies (of a person or thing)
(tr) slang to give (a mobile phone, etc) the electronic identity of an existing mobile phone (or other device), so that calls, purchases, etc made with the second device are charged to the owner of the first device
- clonal, adjective
- clonally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for clone
A cell, group of cells, or organism that is produced asexually from and is genetically identical to a single ancestor. The cells of an individual plant or animal, except for gametes and some cells of the immune system, are clones because they all descend from a single fertilized cell and are genetically identical. A clone may be produced by fission, in the case of single-celled organisms, by budding, as in the hydra, or in the laboratory by putting the nucleus of a diploid cell into an egg that has had its nucleus removed. Some plants can produce clones from horizontal stems, such as runners. Clones of other cells and some plants and animals can also be produced in a laboratory. See also therapeutic cloning.
A copy of a sequence of DNA, as from a gene, that is produced by genetic engineering. The clone is then transplanted into the nucleus of a cell from which genetic material has been removed.
To produce or grow a cell, group of cells, or organism from a single original cell.
To make identical copies of a DNA sequence. See more at genetic engineering.
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Cultural definitions for clone
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