interaction

[ in-ter-ak-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈæk ʃən /

noun

reciprocal action, effect, or influence.
Physics.
  1. the direct effect that one kind of particle has on another, in particular, in inducing the emission or absorption of one particle by another.
  2. the mathematical expression that specifies the nature and strength of this effect.

Nearby words

  1. interabang,
  2. interac,
  3. interacinous,
  4. interact,
  5. interactant,
  6. interactionism,
  7. interactive,
  8. interactive engineering,
  9. interactive fiction,
  10. interactive video

Origin of interaction

First recorded in 1825–35; inter- + action

Related formsin·ter·ac·tion·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for interactional

interaction

/ (ˌɪntərˈækʃən) /

noun

a mutual or reciprocal action or influence
physics the transfer of energy between elementary particles, between a particle and a field, or between fieldsSee strong interaction, electromagnetic interaction, fundamental interaction, gravitational interaction, weak interaction, electroweak interaction
Derived Formsinteractional, adjective

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Word Origin and History for interactional

interaction

n.

1812, from inter- + action.

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