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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Any construct that acts to produce copies of itself; Also: (fictional) A technical device that produces copies of matter, especially made things

Usage examples (38)
  • The term replicator, originally introduced by Dawkins but since modified by Hull, is used to refer to any entity of which copies are made.
  • The terms replicator and interactor will be used in Hull's sense in the rest of this entry.
  • The replicator is a great idea; unfortunately, it's a long way off.
  • Thus, the replicator is the unit of selection, because it is the beneficiary, and the real owner of all adaptations that exist. for more
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