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chain reaction

noun

Simple Definition of chain reaction

  • : a series of events in which each event causes the next one : a series of events caused by one single event

  • : a chemical or nuclear change that causes other changes of the same kind to happen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chain reaction

  1. 1 a :  a series of events so related to each other that each one initiates the next b :  a number of events triggered by the same initial event

  2. 2 :  a self-sustaining chemical or nuclear reaction yielding energy or products that cause further reactions of the same kind

chain–react play \ˈchān-rē-ˈakt\ intransitive verb

Examples of chain reaction in a sentence

  1. Increased oil prices could trigger a chain reaction in the economy.



Circa 1902

First Known Use of chain reaction

circa 1902


CHAIN REACTION Defined for Kids

chain reaction

noun

Definition of chain reaction for Students

  1. :  a series of events in which each event causes the next one




Medical Dictionary

chain reaction

noun

Medical Definition of chain reaction

  1. :  a self-sustaining chemical or nuclear reaction yielding energy or products that cause further reactions of the same kind




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