Hypertext Webster Gateway: "answering"

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 WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : replying; "an answering glance"; "an answering smile" [syn:

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