Associations to the word «Catalyst»


CATALYST, noun. (chemistry) A substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process.
CATALYST, noun. Someone or something that encourages progress or change.
CATALYST, noun. (literature) An inciting incident which that sets the successive conflict into motion.
CATALYST, noun. (automotive) A catalytic converter.

Dictionary definition

CATALYST, noun. (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected.
CATALYST, noun. Something that causes an important event to happen; "the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country".

Wise words

In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Alexander Pope