chain reaction

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chain reaction a series of chemical reactions in which the product of one is a reactant in the next
    • n chain reaction a self-sustaining nuclear reaction; a series of nuclear fissions in which neutrons released by splitting one atom leads to the splitting of others
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Usage

In literature:

Parks touched off a chain reaction within Montgomery's Afro-American community.
"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
It took about ten minutes for the chain reaction to cripple the network.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
The more he enslaves nations, the more terrible will be the reaction when they break their chains.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
It would provide some neutrons to start the chain reaction.
"Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The story spread in a manner that could only be described as chain-reaction in character.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
They've re-packed the Number One Doernberg-Giardano; got a chain-reaction started again.
"Day of the Moron" by Henry Beam Piper
I don't want to start any chain reaction on the other side of the time wall.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
It stands to reason that a chain reaction is set up, actually causing a physiological result from a psychological reaction.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
The trick was to find a chain of reactions that gave the least necessary energy transfer.
"The Bramble Bush" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Use what he developed and the chain-reaction would never end.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
Tonight, she reported seeing what she'd been told to report seeing, to set off the hypnotic chain reaction.
"Ham Sandwich" by James H. Schmitz
Student after student popping out of existence in what seemed to be a chain reaction.
"Ye of Little Faith" by Roger Phillips Graham
But knowing all he did know, he should have taken time to visualize the inevitable chain-reaction.
"Asteroid of Fear" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
The third step is the introduction of side chains into polyglycine by the reaction with aldehydes or with unsaturated hydrocarbons.
"Significant Achievements in Space Bioscience 1958-1964" by National Aeronautics and Space Administration
It started a chain reaction throughout the trim line.
"Exploiter's End" by James Causey
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In news:

Google Maps Two drivers were transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital - one by helicopter, one by EMS - following a chain-reaction accident on Route 80 East in Rockaway Township last night, State Police said.
Rachel's Challenge asks students to 'Start a chain reaction '.
Motorcycle Rider Critically Hurt In Chain-Reaction Accident.
' Chain Reaction ' Statue In Need Of Repair.
HFD engine damaged in chain-reaction crash on Katy Freeway.
That vehicle ran into the back of a car, starting a chain reaction collision, he said.
A chain reaction that began with an explosion in El Dorado Chemical's strong nitric acid plant reactor system ultimately led to a series of sulfur fires early Tuesday morning, said Greg Withrow, of EDC.
"Operation Chain Reaction " cracks down on counterfeits.
Greek default could trigger chain reaction .
MITCHELL – One person was injured in a five-vehicle, chain-reaction accident on Ind 37 south of Gun Club Road Friday.
Man charged with DWI in chain-reaction crash on I-81 in LaFayette.
A Syracuse man who was driving while intoxicated touched off a chain-reaction crash about 9:30 pm Thursday on Interstate 81 north in LaFayette, Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies said.
Starting a chain reaction .
Slowdown Is "Like A Nuclear Chain Reaction ".
Chain Reaction Ecommerce Releases CRE Loaded Version 6.3.
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In science:

Enough raw material must be continuously available to sustain this chain reaction.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
The chain reaction is possible as each neutron induced fission reaction produces on average between 2-3 neutrons.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Therefore a chain reaction in FBR’s with comparable reactor power is more difficult to control and a larger amount of initial fissile material with a higher density is needed.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
In this chain reaction, the nuclei act in analogy to Einstein’s relativistic moving mirror to “double-boost” eV starlight to TeV energies for a Lorentz boost factor > 106 (33).
In Search for Extraterrestrial High Energy Neutrinos
This enhanced color charge triggers further emission leading to a kind of a chain reaction responsible for the exponential increase .
The Status of Parton Saturation and the CGC
We estimate the unknown parameters θ for two reaction networks: a weakly coupled cyclic chain and a strongly coupled non-linear colloidal aggregation network.
Global parameter identification of stochastic reaction networks from single trajectories
The maximum degree of coupling of this reaction network is 2, irrespective of the size of the system (length of the chain), rendering it weakly coupled .
Global parameter identification of stochastic reaction networks from single trajectories
The GZK reaction chain generating cosmogenic neutrinos is well known [103].
Summary Report of JEM-EUSO Workshop at KICP in Chicago
NP contributions are thus expected when considering the event rates from the reaction chain gg → H → γ γ .
Constraints on New Scalars from the LHC 125 GeV Higgs Signal
Such incidents have taken place in history, such as the one on August 10, 1996 when a 1300 MW electrical line in Southern Oregon sagged in summer heat, initiating a chain reaction that cut power to more than four million people in 11 Western States , .
Topological Analysis and Mitigation Strategies for Cascading Failures in Power Grid Networks
Obviously H and fH have the same spectra but they are given by two different one-dimensional quantum chains which act in a N L Fock space (for N − 1 species) and their explicit form depends on the chemical reaction and diffusion process.
Reaction-Diffusion Processes, Critical Dynamics and Quantum Chains
Within this spirit, our aim in this paper is to find all three-state integrable quantum chains whose Hamiltonians are time-evolution operators of diffusion-reaction processes and whose spectra are known or can be easily calculated.
Reaction-Diffusion Processes Described by Three-State Quantum Chains and Integrability
We found that a large class of chemical reactions composed of several simultaneous processes can be understood in terms of two quantum chains, namely the Uq dSU (2)-invariant model and the 3-state Uq SU (P /M )-invariant Perk-Schultz models.
Reaction-Diffusion Processes Described by Three-State Quantum Chains and Integrability
The strategy we will adopt to identify chemical reactions with quantum chains is explained.
Reaction-Diffusion Processes Described by Three-State Quantum Chains and Integrability
The Uq dSU (2) model With the formalism developed in the last section, we shall now address the problem of finding the set of chemical reactions associated to a given quantum chain.
Reaction-Diffusion Processes Described by Three-State Quantum Chains and Integrability
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