AskDefine | Define proliferation

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1 growth by the rapid multiplication of parts
2 a rapid increase in number (especially a rapid increase in the number of deadly weapons); "the proliferation of nuclear weapons" [ant: nonproliferation, nonproliferation]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /pɹəˌlɪfəˈɹeɪʃən/, /pr@%lIf@"reIS@n/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn


the process by which an organism produces others of its kind; breeding, propagation, procreation, reproduction
the act of increasing or rising; augmentation, amplification, enlargement, escalation, aggrandizement
the result of building up; buildup, accretion
the spread of biochemical, nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction

Extensive Definition

The word proliferation can refer to:
proliferation in German: Proliferation
proliferation in Dutch: Proliferatie
proliferation in Polish: Proliferacja (ujednoznacznienie)

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