Definitions for catalystˈkæt l ɪst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cat•a•lystˈkæt l ɪst(n.)

  1. a substance that causes or speeds a chemical reaction without itself being affected.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. a person or thing that precipitates an event or change.

Origin of catalyst:

1900–05; cataly (sis ) + (-i )st

Princeton's WordNet

  1. catalyst, accelerator(noun)

    (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected

  2. catalyst(noun)

    something that causes an important event to happen

    "the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. catalyst(noun)ˈkæt l ɪst

    sth that causes sth else to change

    Technology can be a great catalyst for learning.


  1. catalyst(Noun)

    A substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process.

  2. catalyst(Noun)

    Someone or something that encourages progress or change.

    Economic development and integration are working as a catalyst for peace.

  3. catalyst(Noun)

    A catalytic converter.


  1. Catalyst

    Catalyst is the fourth studio album by American rock band New Found Glory. It was produced by Neal Avron and released on May 18, 2004 through Geffen Records. The album includes an enhanced CD portion with a making of the music video for the inaugural single "All Downhill from Here". Catalyst debuted at a career-high number three on the Billboard 200 chart and was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on August 18, 2004.

Translations for catalyst

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a substance which causes or assists a chemical change in another substance without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.

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