Re*spond", n. 1. An
answer; a response. [R.]
2. (Eccl.) A short anthem sung at
intervals during the reading of a chapter.
3. (Arch.) A half pier or pillar
attached to a wall to support an arch. Oxf. Gloss.
Re*spond", v. t. 1.
To answer; to reply.
2. To suit or accord with; to correspond
For his great deeds respond his speeches
Re*spond" (r?*sp?nd"), v. i.
[imp. & p. p. Responded; p. pr. & vb.
n. Responding.] [OF. respondre, F.
répondre, fr. L. respondere, responsum;
pref. re- re- + spondere to promise. See
Sponsor.] 1. To say somethin in return; to
answer; to reply; as, to respond to a question or an
2. To show some effect in return to a force;
to act in response; to accord; to correspond; to suit.
A new affliction strings a new cord in the heart, which
responds to some new note of complaint within the wide scale of
human woe. Buckminster.
To every theme responds thy various
3. To render satisfaction; to be answerable;
as, the defendant is held to respond in damages.
Syn. -- To answer; reply; rejoin. See Reply.