Hypertext Webster Gateway: "answer"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Answer \An"swer\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Answered}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Answering}.] [OE. andswerien, AS. andswerian, andswarian,
to answer, fr. andswaru, n., answer. See {Answer}, n.]
1. To speak in defense against; to reply to in defense; as,
to answer a charge; to answer an accusation.

2. To speak or write in return to, as in return to a call or
question, or to a speech, declaration, argument, or the
like; to reply to (a question, remark, etc.); to respond

She answers him as if she knew his mind. --Shak.

So spake the apostate angel, though in pain: . . .
And him thus answered soon his bold compeer.

3. To respond to satisfactorily; to meet successfully by way
of explanation, argument, or justification, and the like;
to refute.

No man was able to answer him a word. --Matt. xxii.

These shifts refuted, answer thine appellant.

The reasoning was not and could not be answered.

4. To be or act in return or response to. Hence:
(a) To be or act in compliance with, in fulfillment or
satisfaction of, as an order, obligation, demand; as,
he answered my claim upon him; the servant answered
the bell.

This proud king . . . studies day and night To
answer all the debts he owes unto you. --Shak.
(b) To render account to or for.

I will . . . send him to answer thee. --Shak.
(c) To atone; to be punished for.

And grievously hath C[ae]zar answered it.
(d) To be opposite to; to face.

The windows answering each other, we could just
discern the glowing horizon them. --Gilpin.
(e) To be or act an equivalent to, or as adequate or
sufficient for; to serve for; to repay. [R.]

Money answereth all things. --Eccles. x.
(f) To be or act in accommodation, conformity, relation,
or proportion to; to correspond to; to suit.

Weapons must needs be dangerous things, if they
answered the bulk of so prodigious a person.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Answer \An"swer\, v. i.
1. To speak or write by way of return (originally, to a
charge), or in reply; to make response.

There was no voice, nor any that answered. --1 Kings
xviii. 26.

2. To make a satisfactory response or return. Hence: To
render account, or to be responsible; to be accountable;
to make amends; as, the man must answer to his employer
for the money intrusted to his care.

Let his neck answer for it, if there is any martial
law. --Shak.

3. To be or act in return. Hence:
(a) To be or act by way of compliance, fulfillment,
reciprocation, or satisfaction; to serve the purpose;
as, gypsum answers as a manure on some soils.

Do the strings answer to thy noble hand?
(b) To be opposite, or to act in opposition.
(c) To be or act as an equivalent, or as adequate or
sufficient; as, a very few will answer.
(d) To be or act in conformity, or by way of
accommodation, correspondence, relation, or
proportion; to conform; to correspond; to suit; --
usually with to.

That the time may have all shadow and silence in
it, and the place answer to convenience. --Shak.

If this but answer to my just belief, I 'll
remember you. --Shak.

As in water face answereth to face, so the heart
of man to man. --Pro?. xxvii.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Answer \An"swer\, n. [OE. andsware, AS. andswaru; and against +
swerian to swear. ?, ?. See {Anti-}, and {Swear}, and cf. 1st
1. A reply to a change; a defense.

At my first answer no man stood with me. --2 Tim.
iv. 16.

2. Something said or written in reply to a question, a call,
an argument, an address, or the like; a reply.

A soft answer turneth away wrath. --Prov. xv. 1.

I called him, but he gave me no answer. --Cant. v.

3. Something done in return for, or in consequence of,
something else; a responsive action.

Great the slaughter is Here made by the Roman; great
the answer be Britons must take. --Shak.

4. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation; as,
the answer to a problem.

5. (Law) A counter-statement of facts in a course of
pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has
alleged; a responsive declaration by a witness in reply to
a question. In Equity, it is the usual form of defense to
the complainant's charges in his bill. --Bouvier.

Syn: Reply; rejoinder; response. See {Reply}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply
to a question or request or criticism or accusation; "I
waited several days for his answer"; "he wrote replies
to several of his critics" [syn: {reply}, {response}]
2: a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve
the problem; "they were trying to find a peaceful
solution"; "the answers were in the back of the book"; "he
computed the result to four decimal places" [syn: {solution},
{result}, {resolution}, {solvent}]
3: the speech act of replying to a question [ant: {question}]
4: the principle pleading by the defendant in response to
plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the
defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo
contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all
allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the
defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain
affirmative defenses or counterclaims
5: a nonverbal reaction; "his answer to any problem was to get
drunk"; "their answer was to sue me"
v 1: reply or respond to; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer
the question"; "We answered that we would accept the
invitation" [syn: {reply}, {respond}]
2: give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question"
"answer the riddle"
3: respond to a signal; "answer the door," "answer the
4: understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the
meaning of life cannot be answered" [syn: {resolve}]
5: give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an
argument); "The defendant answered to all the charges of
the prosecution"
6: be liable or accountable; "She must answer for her actions"
7: be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity;
"A few words would answer"; "This car suits my purpose
well"; "Will $100 do?"; "A "B" grade doesn't suffice to
get me into medical school"; "Nothing else will serve"
[syn: {suffice}, {do}, {serve}]
8: match or correspond; "The drawing of the suspect answers to
the description the victim gave"
9: be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the
purpose of; "This may answer her needs"
10: react to a stimulus or command; "The steering of my new car
answers to the slightest touch"

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