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Definition of Reaction


  1. A regular or characteristic response to a stimulation of the nerves.
  2. A test for typhoid fever based on the fact that blood serum of one affected, in a bouillon culture of typhoid bacilli, causes the bacilli to agglutinate and lose their motility.
  3. Any action in resisting other action or force; counter tendency; movement in a contrary direction; reverse action.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The force which a body subjected to the action of a force from another body exerts upon the latter body in the opposite direction.
  7. Backward tendency or movement after revolution, reform, or great progress in any direction.

Reaction Quotations

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.
Wade Boggs

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
Carl Jung

To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction. - Isaac Newton
To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.
Isaac Newton

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Reaction Translations

reaction in Dutch is reactie
reaction in Finnish is vastavaikutus
reaction in German is Gegenwirkung, Reaktion, Reaktion
reaction in Italian is reazione
reaction in Swedish is reaktion
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