response has definitions from the fields of biology,grammar,linguistics
[ noun ] (biology) a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some foregoing stimulus or agent




"a bad reaction to the medicine" "his responses have slowed with age"

Used in print

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

This time the orchestra gave him some superb support fired by response to his own high mood .

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

Some of them are obvious , such as the fact that we associate recorded and live music with our responses and behavior in different types of environments and social settings .

(B. J. D. Meeuse, The Story of Pollination....)

This must be_due to a completely identical response to the weather , in the plant and the animal .

(E. Gellhorn, "Prolegomena to a theory of the emotions"...)

Previous experiences are obviously of great importance for the qualitative and quantitative emotional response .

A state of parasympathetic `` tuning '' of the hypothalamus induced experimentally causes not_only an increase in the parasympathetic reactivity this structure to direct and reflexly induced stimuli , but leads also to an autonomic reversal : a stimulus acting sympathetically under control_conditions elicits in this state of tuning a parasympathetic response !

[ noun ] a result


"this situation developed in response to events in Africa"

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

Although the particular form of conceptualization which popular imagination had made in response to the experience of spirit was undoubtedly defective , the raw experience itself which led to such excesses remains with us as vividly as ever .

(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

To_be_sure , when this is pointed_out , a common response among certain churchmen is to fulminate about `` the little flock '' and `` the great crowd '' and to take solace from Paul 's castigation of the `` wisdom of the wise '' in the opening chapter of First_Corinthians .

(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)

In response to the lengthening days of February they budded , then bloomed their 4 - inch velvety flowers .

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

In response , the industry allowed the discovery of the motion_picture as a form of fiction and thus gave the movies the essential form they have had to this day .

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

Many workers believe that the response is proportional to the incident momentum of the particles , a relation deduced from laboratory results linearly extrapolated to meteoritic velocities .

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consequence reaction

[ noun ] a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation


answer reply


"I waited several days for his answer" "he wrote replies to several of his critics"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

But ask coach Darrell_Royal what position he plays and you 'll get the quick response , `` place_kicker '' .

(Christopher Davis, First Family....)

When he was asked a question or addressed in such a way that some response was inescapable , he would answer ; if , as often happened , he had to repeat because he had spoken too softly , he would repeat his words in the same way , without emphasis or impatience , only a_little louder .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

When a question contains two verbs , the response does not make clear which of them is being answered .

[ noun ] the manner in which something is greeted




"she did not expect the cold reception she received from her superiors"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Robert_Snodgrass , state GOP chairman , said a meeting held Tuesday night in Blue_Ridge brought enthusiastic responses from the audience .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

Foreign_policy now takes_on a different perspective and must become skilled not merely at response but also at projection .

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

Only one other contemporary of More 's evokes so immediate and direct a response , and only one other contemporary work - Niccolo_Machiavelli and The_Prince .

Can we discover what it is in Utopia that has evoked this response ?

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[ noun ] (grammar,linguistics) a phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister

Used in print

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

It has been my experience to find as many men as women in church , and to hear almost everyone in church congregations reciting the Latin prayers and responses at Mass .

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[ noun ] the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange




"he growled his reply"