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"chain reaction" in British English

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chain reactionnoun [C]

uk   us  
a set of ​relatedevents in which each ​eventcauses the next one, or a ​chemicalreaction in which each ​changecauses another: The ​warrisked setting off a ​perilouschainreaction that would ​endanger the ​wholeworld.
(Definition of chain reaction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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chain reactionnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtʃeɪn riˈæk·ʃən/
  • chain reaction noun [C] (SERIES OF EVENTS)

a set of ​relatedevents in which each ​eventcauses the next one: The ​accident caused a chain reaction in which seven ​truckspiled up on the ​bridge.
  • chain reaction noun [C] (NUCLEAR REACTION)

a ​series of ​nuclear reactions in which ​neutrons (= ​part of an ​atom)released by ​fission (= the ​dividing of an ​atom) go on to ​cause more ​fission
(Definition of chain reaction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “chain reaction”
in Chinese (Simplified) 连锁反应,链式反应…
in Turkish sıralı, birbiri peşisıra olan tepki…
in Russian цепная реакция…
in Chinese (Traditional) 連鎖反應,鏈式反應…
in Polish reakcja łańcuchowa…
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