Pronunciation: (ri-spond'),[key] —v.i. 1. to reply or answer in words: to respond briefly to a question. 2. to make a return by some action as if in answer: to respond generously to a charity drive. 3. to react favorably.
4. Physiol.to exhibit some action or effect as if in answer; react: Nerves respond to a stimulus. 5. to correspond (usually fol. by to).
6. Bridge.to make a response.
—v.t. to say in answer; reply.
—n. 1. Archit.a half pier, pilaster, or the like projecting from a wall as a support for a lintel or an arch, the other side of which is supported on a free-standing pier or column.
2. Eccles. a. a short anthem chanted at intervals during the reading of a lection.