1250–1300; < Latin respōnsum, noun use of neuter pastparticiple of respondēre to respond; replacing Middle English respounse < Middle French respons < Latin, as above
1. the act of responding; reply or reaction
2. bridge a bid replying to a partner's bid or double
3. ( 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
4. electronics the ratio of the output to the input level, at a particular frequency, of a transmission line or electrical device
5. any pattern of glandular, muscular, or electrical reactions from stimulation of the nervous system
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.
a verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in reply to the officiant. Compare versicle ( def. 2 ) .
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Noun 1. response - a result; "this situation developed in response to events in Africa"
consequence, effect, result, upshot, outcome, event, issue - a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event"
reaction - a response that reveals a person's feelings or attitude; "he was pleased by the audience's reaction to his performance"; "John feared his mother's reaction when she saw the broken lamp"