• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Respondency The act of responding; the state of being respondent; an answering. "The angelical soft trembling voice made
      To the instruments divine respondence meet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: in microsoft 1998 edition if your keyboard isnt responding it displays "keyboard not responding press enter to continue"
    • n respondency Same as respondence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal for both sexes to flirt or respond to flirtation using the eyes and/or hands.
    • ns Respondency act of responding: reply:
    • ns Respondency (Spens.) correspondence
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  • Lou Holtz
    “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
  • David Mamet
    “We respond to a drama to that extent to which it corresponds to our dream life.”
  • Lou Holtz
    “How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”
  • Woody Allen
    “I don't respond well to mellow, you know what I mean, I have a tendency to... if I get too mellow, I ripen and then rot.”
  • Richard M. DeVos
    Richard M. DeVos
    “Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don't respond with errors.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. respondēre, responsumre-, back, spondēre, to promise.


In literature:

Should a widowed mother be the only one to respond to this inquiry, she simply rises from her seat and bows.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
Her heart responded immediately with a quicker, heavier beat.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
With alacrity she responded to Verinder's challenge of a bet on the relative sizes of their catches.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Wobbles was just on the point of acting upon this advice when the library call rang, and he hurried to respond.
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
If the subject doesn't respond or responds to a limited degree, there evidently is a cause or reason for this poor response.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
The stranger responded briefly, but stopped.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
In this affair, Rothschild was co-respondent.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Ruth was too busy to respond.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
They responded to his words with sudden growings and curses.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
I am sorry to say she responded with complete illgrace.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore

In poetry:

Where am I? So languid and troubled
The beat of my heart responds:
"Do you see the station where you can buy
A ticket to the India of the soul?"
"The Lost Tram" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
And over the dead stands the high priest, Night,
Robed in his shadowy stole;
And beside him I kneel as his acolyte,
To respond to his prayer of dole.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
I swear I begin to see love with sweeter spasms than that which
responds love!
It is that which contains itself—which never invites, and never
"Carol Of Words" by Walt Whitman
The artisan from mine, or shop, or store,
Responds at duty's call without delay,
Nor stops to ask, "What will my nation pay?"
It calls--what needs he more?
"England's Brave Sons" by Joseph Horatio Chant
The waves are dashing on the shore,
With wild, glad joy, I stand and view them;
And, as they break with sullen roar,
My heart responds with gladness, to them.
"By The Lake" by Thomas Frederick Young
Open water, open water!
Fiery sun and cooling shower
Quicken earth to speak with power.
Soul responds, the wonder viewing:
Strength is here for life's renewing.
"Open Water!" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Police responding appropriately to parking problem.
America responded with a collective "Well, of course".
How they respond to the old bait-and-switch .
Fleischmanns — Twenty children, ages 7-12, responded to the open call for drawings earlier this spring from the Fleischmanns First Art Project Committee.
Germantown Police responded for a report of a vehicle that had driven through the front doors of the bank.
He took a few minutes out of his busy week to respond to a few questions I sent him.
He took a few minutes out of his day to respond to a few questions I sent him.
Police respond to barricade situation in Southeast.
Authorities responded to a shooting at Gaviota Avenue and 61st Street just before 8 am Thursday.
A SWAT team responded to a barricade situation on Gilman Road south of Ramona Boulevard in El Monte on Thursday, Nov 1, 2012.
Saratoga County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a suicidal person barricaded inside their Halfmoon home around 3 pm on Thursday, April 15, according to a State Police spokeswoman.
Boulder police respond to a bank robbery at FirstBank, 4770 Baseline Road, on Wednesday, Sept 19, 2012.
Late Friday night Lufkin police responded to Rowe Avenue and found 31 year old Clifton Garrett intoxicated and on the side of the road trying to bathe in a street puddle.
Responding to your car's warning lights can help to keep you on the road to safety and savings.
Police responded to a report of a vehicular crash on Conwell Ave last Friday evening.

In science:

However, they also respond differently to extinction and have different absolute magnitudes and so introduce a degeneracy into the problem.
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS
The scheduler, likewise, can only respond to average conditions and thus it is not possible to transmit only to users with favorable instantaneous channels; we thus need not distinguish between single-user and multiuser settings.
Transmit Diversity v. Spatial Multiplexing in Modern MIMO Systems
In this section, we also use the phenomenological model to explore the related issue of elastic heterogeneity, viz., the nonaffine way in which the medium responds to external stress.
Soft random solids and their heterogeneous elasticity
Because of the quenched disorder present in the elastic parameter G of our phenomenological model, Eq. (3.2), upon the application of external stress, the system will respond by adopting a strain field that is nonaffine.
Soft random solids and their heterogeneous elasticity
Because of the heterogeneity present in the elasticity of soft random solids, upon the application external stress, the system responds by adopting a strain field that is nonaffine (i.e., a strain field that is characterized by an inhomogeneous deformation gradient).
Soft random solids and their heterogeneous elasticity