chain reaction

noun

Definition of chain reaction

  1. 1a :  a series of events so related to each other that each one initiates the nextb :  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.

First Known Use of chain reaction

circa 1902


CHAIN REACTION Defined for English Language Learners

chain reaction

noun

Definition of chain reaction for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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