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result Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    effect; consequence; upshot; outcome; issue; event.
    • the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise
    • his decision had depressing consequences for business
    • he acted very wise after the event
  2. noun a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
    answer; solvent; resolution; solution.
    • 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
  3. noun something that results
    final result; termination; outcome; resultant.
    • he listened for the results on the radio
  4. noun the semantic role of the noun phrase whose referent exists only by virtue of the activity denoted by the verb in the clause
    resultant role.
  5. verb issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end
    • result in tragedy
  6. verb have as a result or residue
    leave; lead.
    • The water left a mark on the silk dress
    • Her blood left a stain on the napkin
  7. verb come about or follow as a consequence
    • nothing will result from this meeting

Re*sult" intransitive verb
F. résulter, fr. L. resultare, resultarum, to spring or leap back, v. intens. fr. resilire. See Resile.
imperfect & past participle Resulted; present participle & verbal noun Resulting
  1. To leap back; to rebound. Obs.
    The huge round stone, resulting with a bound. Pope.
  2. To come out, or have an issue; to terminate; to have consequences; -- followed by in; as, this measure will result in good or in evil.
  3. To proceed, spring, or rise, as a consequence, from facts, arguments, premises, combination of circumstances, consultation, thought, or endeavor.
    Pleasure and peace do naturally result from a holy and good life. Tillotson.
    Syn. -- To proceed; spring; rise; arise; ensue; terminate.
Re*sult" noun
  1. A flying back; resilience. Obs.
    Sound is produced between the string and the air by the return or the result of the string. Bacon.
  2. That which results; the conclusion or end to which any course or condition of things leads, or which is obtained by any process or operation; consequence or effect; as, the result of a course of action; the result of a mathematical operation.
    If our proposals once again were heard, We should compel them to a quick result. Milton.
  3. The decision or determination of a council or deliberative assembly; a resolve; a decree.
    Then of their session ended they bid cry With trumpet's regal sound the great result. Milton.
    Syn. -- Effect; consequence; conclusion; inference; issue; event. See Effect.

Webster 1913