- to cause (an organism) to multiply by any process of natural reproduction from the parent stock.
- to reproduce (itself, its kind, etc.), as an organism does.
- to transmit (hereditary features or elements) to, or through, offspring.
- to spread (a report, doctrine, practice, etc.) from person to person; disseminate.
- to cause to increase in number or amount.
- to create (an effect) at a distance, as by electromagnetic waves, compression waves, etc., traveling through space or a physical medium; transmit: to propagate sound.
- to multiply by any process of natural reproduction, as organisms; breed.
- to increase in extent, as a structural flaw: The crack will propagate only to this joint.
- (of electromagnetic waves, compression waves, etc.) to travel through space or a physical medium.
Origin of propagate
Examples from the Web for propagator
The church has been the conserver and propagator of spiritual force.Society
Henry Kalloch Rowe
They could not adopt this new rgime, and the propagator must be silenced.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
Many will incline to believe or to side with the propagator.Amenities of Literature
He was the pioneer, the leader, the propagator, of Universalism.Biography of Rev. Hosea Ballou
Maturin M. Ballou
Air, the propagator and transmitter of sound, was absent from her surface.All Around the Moon
- a person or thing that propagates
- a shallow box with a heating element and cover used for germinating seeds or rooting cuttings
- biology to reproduce or cause to reproduce; breed
- (tr) horticulture to produce (plants) by layering, grafting, cuttings, etc
- (tr) to promulgate; disseminate
- physics to move through, cause to move through, or transmit, esp in the form of a waveto propagate sound
- (tr) to transmit (characteristics) from one generation to the next
Word Origin and History for propagator
1560s, "to cause to multiply," from Latin propagatus, past participle of propagare "to set forward, extend, procreate" (see propagation). Intransitive sense "reproduce one's kind" is from c.1600. Related: Propagated; propagating.
- To cause an organism to multiply or breed.
- To breed offspring.
- To transmit characteristics from one generation to another.
- To cause to move in some direction or through a medium, such as a wave or nerve impulse.