[prod-uh kt, -uhkt]


a thing produced by labor: products of farm and factory; the product of his thought.
a person or thing produced by or resulting from a process, as a natural, social, or historical one; result: He is a product of his time.
the totality of goods or services that a company makes available; output: a decrease in product during the past year.
Chemistry. a substance obtained from another substance through chemical change.
  1. the result obtained by multiplying two or more quantities together.
  2. intersection(def 3a).

Origin of product

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prōductum (thing) produced, neuter of past participle of prōdūcere to produce
Related formsmul·ti·prod·uct, adjectivesub·prod·uct, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of product

Historical Examples of product

  • The poor man often does not receive the product of his own work.

  • Formerly duty was paid not upon the root itself but its product.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Dilly looked at this product of the patient art of woman with a dispirited gaze.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • By the close of 1869, it is expected the product will reach a thousand tons daily.

  • The latter ordered the road to refuse to carry the product of their competitors.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

British Dictionary definitions for product



something produced by effort, or some mechanical or industrial process
the result of some natural process
a result or consequence
a substance formed in a chemical reaction
mainly US any substance used to style hair, such as gel, wax, mousse, or hairspray
  1. the result of the multiplication of two or more numbers, quantities, etc
  2. Also called: set product another name for intersection (def. 3)

Word Origin for product

C15: from Latin prōductum (something) produced, from prōdūcere to bring forth
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

Word Origin and History for product

early 15c., "mathematical quantity obtained by multiplication," from Medieval Latin productum, in classical Latin "something produced," noun use of neuter past participle of producere "bring forth" (see produce (v.)). General sense of "anything produced" is attested in English from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

product in Medicine




Something produced by human or mechanical effort or by a natural process.
A substance resulting from a chemical reaction.
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product in Science



A number or quantity obtained by multiplication. For example, the product of 3 and 7 is 21.
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