1. Something produced by human or mechanical effort or by a natural process, as:
a. An item that is made or refined and marketed: farm products; soaps, detergents, and similar products; travel products such as vacation trips.
b. Such items considered as a group: sold a lot of product in May.
c. A preparation, such as a gel, used for styling hair: began to use product soon after he became famous.
d. A substance resulting from a chemical or nuclear reaction.
a. A direct result; a consequence: "Is history the product of impersonal social and economic forces?" (Anthony Lewis).
b. A person whose characteristics or abilities are the result of certain influences or kinds of experience: "She is the product of an America in which explicit displays of pride in intellect are considered unseemly" (Yuval Levin).
a. The number or quantity obtained by multiplying two or more numbers together.
b. A scalar product.
c. A vector product.
[Middle English, result of multiplication, produced, from Medieval Latin prōductum, result of multiplication, from neuter past participle of Latin prōdūcere, to bring forth; see PRODUCE.]
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