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chain reaction

noun [C] uk   us  
a set of related events in which each event causes the next one, or a chemical reaction in which each change causes another: The war risked setting off a perilous chain reaction that would endanger the whole world.
Translations of “chain reaction”
in Chinese (Traditional) 連鎖反應,鏈式反應…
in Russian цепная реакция…
in Turkish sıralı, birbiri peşisıra olan tepki…
in Chinese (Simplified) 连锁反应,链式反应…
in Polish reakcja łańcuchowa…
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