Definition of Response

1. Noun. A result. "This situation developed in response to events in Africa"

Generic synonyms: Consequence, Effect, Event, Issue, Outcome, Result, Upshot
Specialized synonyms: Reaction

2. Noun. A bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent. "His responses have slowed with age"

3. Noun. A statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation. "He wrote replies to several of his critics"
Exact synonyms: Answer, Reply
Generic synonyms: Statement
Specialized synonyms: Rescript, Feedback
Derivative terms: Answer, Reply

4. Noun. The manner in which something is greeted. "She did not expect the cold reception she received from her superiors"
Exact synonyms: Reception
Generic synonyms: Greeting, Salutation
Derivative terms: Receptionist

5. Noun. A phrase recited or sung by the congregation following a versicle by the priest or minister.
Generic synonyms: Phrase

6. Noun. The speech act of continuing a conversational exchange. "He growled his reply"
Exact synonyms: Reply
Specialized synonyms: Counterblast, Non Sequitur, Comeback, Counter, Rejoinder, Replication, Retort, Return, Riposte, Echo, Answer
Generic synonyms: Speech Act
Derivative terms: Reply

7. Noun. The manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals.
Generic synonyms: Fashion, Manner, Mode, Style, Way

Definition of Response

1. n. The act of responding.

Definition of Response

1. Noun. An answer or reply, or something in the nature of an answer or reply. ¹

2. Noun. The act of responding or replying; reply: as, to speak in response to a question. ¹

3. Noun. An oracular answer. ¹

4. Noun. (''liturgics'') A verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in sequence or reply to the priest or officiant. ¹

5. Noun. (''liturgics'') A versicle or anthem said or sung during or after a lection; a respond or responsory. ¹

6. Noun. A reply to an objection in formal disputation. ¹

7. Noun. An online advertising performance metric representing one click-through from an online ad to its destination URL ¹

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Definition of Response

1. a reply or reaction [n -S]

Medical Definition of Response

1. An action or movement due to the application of a stimulus. Origin: L. Respondere = to answer, reply This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Response

respondent behaviour
respondent conditioning
responding variable
response (current term)
response generalisation
response hierarchy
response rate
response time
response times
responsible for(p)
responsible trading

Literary usage of Response

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (1903)
"The principal findings were that (a) TEA potentiated the initial component of the NE response but not the steady-state response; (b) TEA potentiation did ..."

2. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"The word ' Alleluia ' is found as a response in the Prayer-Book of 1549, ... When this was in later editions converted into a Versicle and response, ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"The rate of response decrement in с was still faster than in a; fewer stimuli were applied in с than in a (74 compared to 23) to bring the decrement to 50 ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"If it be a weekday, however, the response to the second antiphon usually is: "By the prayers of the saints, О Saviour, save us", while the response to the ..."

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