- Response Re*sponse" (r?*sp?ns"), n. [OF. response, respons, F.
r['e]ponse, from L. responsum, from respondere. See
1. The act of responding.
2. An answer or reply. Specifically: (a) Reply to an objection in formal disputation. --I. Watts. (b) (Eccl.) The answer of the people or congregation to the priest or clergyman, in the litany and other parts of divine service. (c) (R.C.Ch.) A kind of anthem sung after the lessons of matins and some other parts of the office. (d) (Mus.) A repetition of the given subject in a fugue by another part on the fifth above or fourth below. --Busby. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.