- 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 response
I think the response of the French government so far has been pretty appropriate in that regard.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire
January 8, 2015
What is known is that Peña Nieto bungled his response to the crisis.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
In response, Greenberg offered the Times his resignation, which was refused.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
In response, the April Revolution protests erupted in much of the country.
In response to the screen quota cut, South Korea established a “cinema tax” on the box office.
Ask the young noble, who has been to him as a father; and his response will be 'Anaxagoras.'Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Certain faculties develop in response to the pressure of environment.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Receiving no response she knocked again, this time with more force.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
By response to response we spin round a friend the age-web which lengthens into the death-web.The Conquest of Fear
She could not allude to such things without at least a possibility of response.Weighed and Wanting
- 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 response
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.