• WordNet 3.6
    • v reply react verbally "She didn't want to answer","answer the question","We answered that we would accept the invitation"
    • n reply a statement (either spoken or written) that is made to reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation "I waited several days for his answer","he wrote replies to several of his critics"
    • n reply the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange "he growled his reply"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Calvin Coolidge, was so famous for saying so little that a White House dinner guest made a bet that she could get him to say more than two words. She told the president of her wager. His reply: "You lose."
    • Reply Figuratively, to do something in return for something done; as, to reply to a signal; to reply to the fire of a battery.
    • n Reply That which is said, written, or done in answer to what is said, written, or done by another; an answer; a response.
    • Reply (Law) To answer a defendant's plea.
    • Reply To make a return in words or writing; to respond; to answer. "O man, who art thou that repliest against God?"
    • v. t Reply To return for an answer. "Lords, vouchsafe
      To give me hearing what I shall reply ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When asked to name his favorite among all his paintings, Pablo Picasso replied "the next one."
    • reply To fold back.
    • reply To return for an answer.
    • reply To make answer; answer; respond.
    • reply To do or give something in return for something else; make return or response; answer by suitable action; meet an attack: as, to reply to the enemy's fire.
    • reply In law, to answer a defendant's plea. The defendant pleads in bar to the plaintiff's declaration; the plaintiff replies to the defendant's plea in bar.
    • n reply An answer; a response.
    • n reply The act or power of answering, especially with fitness or conclusiveness.
    • n reply That which is done for or in consequence of something else; an answer by deeds; a counter-attack: as, his reply was a blow.
    • n reply In music, the answer of a fugue. Synonyms and Rejoinder, retort.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Reply rē-plī′ to fold back: to answer
    • v.i Reply to make response: to meet an attack, as to reply to the enemy's fire—(law) to a defendant's plea
    • n Reply an answer: the power of answering: a counter-attack:
    • n Reply (mus.) the answer of a figure
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Reply to wit with gravity, and to gravity with wit.”
  • Aristotle
    “To the query, What is a friend? his reply was A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”
  • Elwyn Brooks White
    “You have been my friends, replied Charlotte, that in itself is a tremendous thing...”
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “Believe me, there exists no such dilemma as that in which a gentleman is placed when he is forced to reply to a blackguard.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “I look on that man as happy, who, when there is question of success, looks into his work for a reply.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A wise man, when asked how he had learned so much about everything, replied: By never being ashamed or afraid to ask questions about anything of which I was ignorant.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. replien, OF. replier, F. répliquer, fr. L. replicare, to fold back, make a reply; pref. re-, re- + plicare, to fold. See Ply, and cf. Replica


In literature:

I think he can do anything, Uncle Abel,' she replied warmly.
"The Guinea Stamp" by Annie S. Swan
But now her eyes defied him, and he replied to their defiance.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Thinking what Wallace would do, I always replied I was going by the Abbey.
"Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie" by Andrew Carnegie
Lady Laura had said some word about her brother, and Phineas had replied that he had never chanced to see Lord Chiltern.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
In replying to M. Guadet, I shall reply to all.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
The servant replied that she did not know, but that she would see if her mistress was disengaged.
"The Path of Duty, and Other Stories" by H. S. Caswell
He had no inclination to reply.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
The miller asked the lady if she had it when she entered the bath; and she replied, yes.
"One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories" by Various
But it was Norton who replied to West's calm defence of himself.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
And when he had finished Allison sat quiet for a long time before he offered any reply.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Well, M. Fouquet, what is your reply?
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
His reply was delayed as though he were seeking what best to say.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
The reply of the latter is not very clear.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
She replied that she was called Margaret and that she was a Christian.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Alice then made some inquiry with reference to the effects of last night's imprudence, which received only a half-pronounced reply.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
The new-comer was evidently waiting for a reply.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
To this letter I replied on the 17th, and a copy of that reply is likewise in your possession.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
It was the soft voice of Mrs. Ross which replied, and Julyman welcomed the sound.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Jacques, for that was his name, replied that I was right, and that he would say nothing about it.
"Valerie" by Frederick Marryat
He ceas'd, then wept his gentle nurse that sound 470 Hearing, and in wing'd accents thus replied.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer

In poetry:

To this my heart would not reply,
Nor speak its thoughts to me;
And still the stream and field and sky
Grew strange and cold to see.
"The Bridge" by Alexander Anderson
"Thy prayer, my son, transcends my gift;
No power is mine," the sage replied,
"The burden of a soul to lift
Or stain of sin to hide.
"Between The Gates" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"SING of the things we know and love."
But the singer made reply,
"There are greater lands to tell you of
And stars to steer you by."
"The Hearer" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
The lover of her soul replied:
"She is more wonderful than death, -
But bitter as the aching tide
Is all the speech of love she saith."
"The Two Lovers" by Richard Hovey
The lover of her soul replied:
"The secrets of her heart are mine, -
Save how she lives, a riven bride,
Between the dust and the divine."
"The Two Lovers" by Richard Hovey
He hears how feeble Pleasure dies,
By guilt destroyed, and pain and woe;
He turns to Hope—and she replies,
"Believe it not-it is not so!"
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte

In news:

"I think they are heading towards contraction, but not that this means they are losing their appeal," Par Magnusson, chief Scandinavian rates strategist at Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc in Stockholm, said in an e-mailed reply to questions.
"I wouldn't have dared dream of it," he replied.
"I love Zumba," retorted Sophia as she shimmied in reply, "and there's a lot more hip movement and dance to it than that.
Gingrich replies angrily to first question on ex-wife's allegations.
Archer replies to ' sniping ' comment.
43 replies to this topic.
"We're social work ers, pal," replies Norm Henderson, who has adopted the dog.
" Dylan replied: "Oh, I think of myself as a song and dance man, y'know.
In reply to Alison Loris' Oct 27 letter, Questions on R-71.
Reply to All Sums Up the Consumer Electronics Show.
I know David was in a bad mood all day, but the splenetic tone of his reply to Brenda's question was not necessary.
When prospective customers ask you why they should choose to do business with you, what is your reply.
that was her reply to their question.
21 replies to this topic.
15 replies to this topic.

In science:

Janis, A. (1977) “Motion in the Schwarzschild field: A reply,” Phys.
Generalized observers and velocity measurements in General Relativity
Based on the reply, the broker knows whether a record is harvested.
A Scalable Architecture for Harvest-Based Digital Libraries - The ODU/Southampton Experiments
The editor of JIIP informed me that Sabatier’s letter and my reply will not be published in JIIP.
Comments on the letter of P.Sabatier "An erroneous statement"
I begin by outlining the argument, the kinds of reply usually made to it, and my own preferred reply (Section 1).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The rest of this Section clarifies the scope of this argument, and the kinds of reply the perdurantist can give to it.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
First, there are two main ways perdurantists can reply (and have replied) to the RDA.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The first illustrates classical mechanics’ subtlety, and will be directly relevant below: in Sections 4.2 and 7 it will give the perdurantist a reply to the RDA.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
In this last Subsection, I will develop Section 1.5’s two kinds of reply to the RDA.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Teller’s reply certainly blocks the RDA: but, by my lights, at far too high a price.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Note that this reply does not need the differences to in some sense “ground” the rotation/non-rotation distinction.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
That is: this is enough, as regards replying to the RDA.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
This reply is much more common than (No Difference).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
In the next Section, I shall discuss various examples of this reply.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
This Subsection develops the reply’s main ideas.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Besides, this question is also brought out by Callender’s (No Difference) reply in Section 3.4.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter