response

[ ri-spons ]
/ rɪˈspɒns /

noun

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.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. a verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in reply to the officiant.Compare versicle(def 2).
  2. responsory.
Bridge. a bid based on an evaluation of one's hand relative to the previous bid of one's partner.

Origin of response

1250–1300; < Latin respōnsum, noun use of neuter past participle of respondēre to respond; replacing Middle English respounse < Middle French respons < Latin, as above

Related forms

re·sponse·less, adjectivecoun·ter·re·sponse, noun

Synonym study

1. See answer.
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British Dictionary definitions for response

response

/ (rɪˈspɒns) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

responseless, adjective

Word Origin for response

C14: from Latin rēsponsum answer, from rēspondēre to respond
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Medicine definitions for response

response

[ rĭ-spŏns ]

n.

A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus.
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Science definitions for response

response

[ rĭ-spŏns ]

A reaction, as that of an organism or any of its parts, to a specific stimulus. See more at classical conditioning.
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