pro·duc·tion (prə-dŭkshən, prō-)
a. The act or process of producing: timber used for the production of lumber and paper.
b. The fact or process of being produced: a movie going into production.
2. The creation of value or wealth by producing goods and services.
3. The total output, as of a commodity: increased production at the plant.
4. Something produced; a product: "Of all the productions of land, milk is perhaps the most perishable" (Adam Smith).
a. A work of art or literature.
b. A work produced for the stage, screen, television, or radio.
c. A staging or presentation of a theatrical work: a new Broadway production of a musical.
6. A situation or display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated: made a production out of the birthday party.
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