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Propagation

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propagation

1. The act of propagating; continuance or multiplication of the kind by generation or successive production; as, the propagation of animals or plants. There is not in nature any spontaneous generation, but all come by propagation. (ray)

2. The spreading abroad, or extension, of anything; diffusion; dissemination; as, the propagation of sound; the propagation of the gospel.

Origin: L. Propagatio: cf. F. Propagation. The act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production.