react

Definitions

  • A man reacts with shock as his wig and hat are stolen
    A man reacts with shock as his wig and hat are stolen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v react undergo a chemical reaction; react with another substance under certain conditions "The hydrogen and the oxygen react"
    • v react show a response or a reaction to something
    • v react act against or in opposition to "She reacts negatively to everything I say"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In driving tests, women reacted to emergency options in.56 of a second. Men scored .59 in the same tests.
    • v. t React rē*ăkt" To act or perform a second time; to do over again; to reenact; as, to react a play; the same scenes were reacted at Rome.
    • React To act upon each other; to exercise a reciprocal or a reverse effect, as two or more chemical agents; to act in opposition.
    • React To return an impulse or impression; to resist the action of another body by an opposite force; as, every body reacts on the body that impels it from its natural state.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Plant life could not exist without lightning. Nitrogen, an essential food for plants, comprises 80% of the atmosphere, but in a form that is insoluble and unusable. It's the intense heat of lightning that forces the nitrogen to combine with oxygen in the air, forming nitrogen oxides that are soluble in water and fall to the earth in rain as dilute nitric acid. This reacts with minerals in the ground to become the nitrates on which the plants depend.
    • react To act or perform anew; reenact: as, to react a play.
    • react To exert, as a thing acted upon, an opposite action upon the agent.
    • react To act, after being acted upon, in a manner directly opposed to the first action, and in increased measure. Thus, when the body has been chilled by a bath, it is said to react in becoming warmer than before; and, in like manner, when misfortune stimulates the mind to greater efforts, the mind is said to react.
    • react To act mutually or reciprocally upon each other, as two or more chemical agents.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Preys like buffalos react poorly to slow movements. That's why crocs can swim slowly over to them without them scuttering off.
    • v.t React rē-akt′ to act anew
    • v.i React to return an impulse in the opposite direction: to act mutually on each other
    • n React one who attempts to reverse political action
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Act, don't react!”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.”
  • Epictetus
    Epictetus
    “It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
  • Thaddeus Golas
    Thaddeus Golas
    “What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.”
  • Hector Babenko
    Hector Babenko
    “Curiosity doesn't matter any more. These days people don't want to be transported to emotional territories where they don't know how to react.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    Elizabeth%20Bowen
    “Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.”

Usage

In literature:

He chose to react, and did it promptly.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 11, No. 22, January, 1873" by Various
When he saw that this attack had reacted against him, he tried whining.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
These differences will act and react on the isolated portion of the species.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
The boy senses the fictitious at once and cannot react to what he knows to be spurious.
"The Reconstructed School" by Francis B. Pearson
But the Elysium conception also reacted on Christian ideas of paradise.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
So Roman thought, acted on by Christianity, reacted and modified in many respects the Gospel.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
All the nervous strain of the evening reacted suddenly on me.
"Different Girls" by Various
Two weeks elapsed before his threat reacted.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
In other words, they reacted with a vigour that often found him unprepared but serene.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
But the poetry of shires and provinces reacts too upon the poetry of nationality.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
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In poetry:

Our actions stopped Him from reacting,
for His fist-tight hand is numbed by sleep,
and the times brought in the age of heroes
during which our dark hearts plundered Him.
"In The Beginning" by Rainer Maria Rilke
The miracles, in holy record kept,
Done--ere one cheering ray of distant light
Thro' death's dark portals shown,
At thy command alone,
Still, still--reacted meet--the astonished sight,
Tho' rolling ages o'er the scene have swept.
"Ode" by Maria Gowen Brooks

In news:

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts after sinking a putt on the 18th green to finish third at the Singapore Open golf tournament at the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on Sunday Nov 11, 2012.
Holmes' parents, victims' families react with sorrow.
That's according to a television station out of Memphis where people are reacting with outrage.
Investors react to upbeat reports on jobs and housing.
If there's a recurring theme in the three films Ben Affleck has directed, it's that he's fascinated with how characters react when they're trapped.
Imagine Jews reacted to slights the way Muslims reacted throughout the Middle East and Europe.
Chile and the United States offer contrasting models of how to react to a collective trauma.
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard reacts after Young Boys' 88th-minute equalizer .
Schmidt reacts to erroneous health care news.
Readers React to Parkinson's Offshoring Cost Estimation .
Reed Reacts To Election Day Victory.
Syria is reacting positively to US complaints that it is harboring members of the ousted Iraqi government, turning some away at the border and possibly preparing to quietly expel others, officials say.
How would you react if your 11-year-old granddaughter told you she was being followed by a man in a pick-up truck.
Reacting to McCain's 'Celeb' Ad: ' Far-Fetched ,' Shades of John Kerry.
Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald reacts on the sidelines during the first quarter of the game against Penn State.
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In science:

Object messages (method invocation) can be seen as the most basic form of interaction. A more complex degree of interaction would include those agents that can react to observable events within the environment.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Instead, it is information about something else; about how other systems, prepared in a different way would react, or information about, for example, the fields that have driven the systems’ evolution.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
It has self-triggering capability and can react to external triggers with negative delay.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
Hence, only the range k = O(√n ) can be taken into consideration or other metrics that better react on the weak convergence of distributions should be examined in the case k > O(√n ).
Concentration of normalized sums and a central limit theorem for noncorrelated random variables
Ions that hit a grain are neutralized in the same way that they would be if they reacted with an electron in the gas.
Turbulence driven diffusion in protoplanetary disks - chemical effects in the outer disk
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