1 Biology an organism or cell, or group of organisms or cells, produced asexually from one ancestor or stock, to which they are genetically identical:vines representing all the 15 existing clones were planted
a person or thing regarded as an exact copy of another:guitarists who are labelled Hendrix clones
a computer designed to simulate exactly the operation of another, typically more expensive, model:an IBM PC clone
2 informal (within gay culture) a homosexual man who adopts an exaggeratedly macho appearance and style of dress.
propagate (an organism or cell) as a clone:of the hundreds of new plants cloned the best ones are selected
make an identical copy of:developers are planning to clone a historic Liverpool terrace
Biochemistry replicate (a fragment of DNA placed in an organism) so that there is sufficient to analyse or use in protein production:we have cloned DNA sequences added to the ends of the linear plasmid
illegally copy the security codes from (a mobile phone) to one or more others as a way of obtaining free calls.