What does reaction mean?

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riˈæk ʃənre·ac·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chemical reaction, reactionnoun

    (chemistry) a process in which one or more substances are changed into others

    "there was a chemical reaction of the lime with the ground water"

  2. reactionnoun

    an idea evoked by some experience

    "his reaction to the news was to start planning what to do"

  3. reaction, responsenoun

    a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent

    "a bad reaction to the medicine"; "his responses have slowed with age"

  4. reactionnoun

    (mechanics) the equal and opposite force that is produced when any force is applied to a body

    "every action has an equal and opposite reaction"

  5. reactionnoun

    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"

  6. reactionnoun

    extreme conservatism in political or social matters

    "the forces of reaction carried the election"

  7. reactionnoun

    doing something in opposition to another way of doing it that you don't like

    "his style of painting was a reaction against cubism"

GCIDE

  1. Reactionnoun

    An action by a person or people in response to an event. The reaction may be primarily mental (

    Etymology: [Cf. F. raction.]

Wiktionary

  1. reactionnoun

    An action or statement in response to a stimulus or other event

    Etymology: reaction, from reactio, from the verb reago, from re- + ago. More at English re-, action.

  2. reactionnoun

    A transformation in which one or more substances is converted into another by combination or decomposition

    In this reaction, the acid and base will neutralize each other, producing a salt.

    Etymology: reaction, from reactio, from the verb reago, from re- + ago. More at English re-, action.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reactionnoun

    any action in resisting other action or force; counter tendency; movement in a contrary direction; reverse action

    Etymology: [Cf. F. raction.]

  2. Reactionnoun

    the mutual or reciprocal action of chemical agents upon each other, or the action upon such chemical agents of some form of energy, as heat, light, or electricity, resulting in a chemical change in one or more of these agents, with the production of new compounds or the manifestation of distinctive characters. See Blowpipe reaction, Flame reaction, under Blowpipe, and Flame

    Etymology: [Cf. F. raction.]

  3. Reactionnoun

    an action induced by vital resistance to some other action; depression or exhaustion of vital force consequent on overexertion or overstimulation; heightened activity and overaction succeeding depression or shock

    Etymology: [Cf. F. raction.]

  4. Reactionnoun

    the force which a body subjected to the action of a force from another body exerts upon the latter body in the opposite direction

    Etymology: [Cf. F. raction.]

  5. Reactionnoun

    backward tendency or movement after revolution, reform, or great progress in any direction

    Etymology: [Cf. F. raction.]

Freebase

  1. Reaction

    Reaction is the second album by American R&B singer Rebbie Jackson. The album released in 1986 and spawned two mildly successful singles, "Reaction" and "You Send the Rain Away", a duet with Robin Zander. "Ticket To Love" was going to be released as the second single and received a very limited promo release before being cancelled in favour of "You Send the Rain Away". The album-only track "Tonight I'm Yours", a duet with Isaac Hayes received substantial airplay but was not commercially released as a single. Reaction received a limited CD reissue in Japan in the early 1990s. Reaction was reissued on CD with Jackson's previous album Centipede on May 18, 2010. The album was reissued by Funky Town Grooves on CD in October 2012 and included 7 bonus tracks.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reaction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1866

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reaction' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2337

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reaction' in Nouns Frequency: #616

Anagrams for reaction »

  1. creation

  2. anticore

  3. actioner

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reaction in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reaction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of reaction in a Sentence

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Before a journey, never comes a destination Before action, never exists a reaction Before the question, never happens the answer Before the attack, never occurs retaliation Before distinctions, never arises hatred Before the examination, never appears a result Before flowers, never fragrances, fragrance

  2. Alex Wong:

    After over-reaction, investors realized that Brexit won't have an immediate huge impact... and won't suddenly cause a financial crisis.

  3. Grace Goldstein:

    We're very glad that no lives were lost, we're incredibly grateful for that. Our reaction was, of course, this is how our country works. The person who was shot today is on the list of the people who we're fighting for.

  4. Barack Obama:

    We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make. There are Americans who agree with it and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction.

  5. Thomas Hayes:

    It is more of a short-term, knee-jerk reaction.

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