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Any construct that acts to produce copies of itself; this could be a living organism, an idea (see meme), a program (see quine, worm, wabbit, fork bomb, and virus), a pattern in a cellular automaton (see life), or (speculatively) a robot or nanobot. It is even claimed by some that Unix and C are the symbiotic halves of an extremely successful replicator; see Unix conspiracy.
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port replicator

A device used to quickly connect multiple peripherals to a laptop. The monitor, printer, network, keyboard and mouse are permanently plugged into the port replicator, which connects to the laptop via the USB port.

A port replicator provides some or all of the functionality of a docking station, and the two terms are used interchangeably. However, a docking station uses a proprietary connector to the computer, whereas a port replicator generally provides a universal solution for all laptops via USB. See docking station.

Universal Port Replicator
The Targus port replicator connects to a single USB 3.0 port on the laptop. It also provides connections to two monitors, one via DVI and the other via HDMI. (Images courtesy of Targus Group International,
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