- an answer or reply, as in words or in some action.
- Biology. any behavior of a living organism that results from an external or internal stimulus.
- Bridge. a bid based on an evaluation of one's hand relative to the previous bid of one's partner.
Origin of response
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Examples from the Web for responses
When a reporter asked him a question, it would often elicit a series of Jesuitical responses.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
“I think that responses to sexual-assault cases and allegations need to be extremely direct,” he tells me.Fraternities in a Post-UVA World
December 12, 2014
He only cares about exploring its effect on a population and most particularly on their responses.Albert Camus, Our Existential Epidemiologist
October 17, 2014
This, and the fact that he “has answered this question many times,” were essentially his responses to the next four questions.Watch a Republican Try to Duck the Abortion Ban He Cosponsored
October 16, 2014
Depending on where you happen to go to school, the decision to play quidditch can lead to a variety of responses.Why I Named My Quidditch Film Mudbloods
October 14, 2014
The responses of bride and groom were unhesitating, even firm.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Neither do they disdain to consult them, nor neglect the responses which they return.Tacitus on Germany
No one dropped the ring or mispronounced the responses, or trod on Evie's train, or cried.Howards End
E. M. Forster
She made her responses in a steady voice heard by every one in the room.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
Naturally he got a shower of responses—serious, playful, burlesque.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- the act of responding; reply or reaction
- bridge a bid replying to a partner's bid or double
- (usually plural) Christianity a short sentence or phrase recited or sung by the choir or congregation in reply to the officiant at a church service
- electronics the ratio of the output to the input level, at a particular frequency, of a transmission line or electrical device
- any pattern of glandular, muscular, or electrical reactions that arises from stimulation of the nervous system
Word Origin and History for responses
c.1300, from Old French respons (Modern French réponse) and directly from Latin responsum "an answer," noun use of neuter past participle of respondere "to respond" (see respond).
- A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus.
- A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus. See more at classical conditioning.