Characterized by either a complete response or by a total lack of response or effect, depending on the strength of the stimulus. Neurons have an all-or-none response to impulse transmission and cannot be partially stimulated.
It was an all-or-none reaction; the legs spurned the ground in perfect unison and with every bit of the power in them.
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- All-originals scene
all-originals scene noun phrase A party or other occasion where only blacks are present: I dig you holding this all-originals scene at the track (Black)
adjective ubiquitous, pervasive; all over the place Examples all-overish good feeling about the decision Word Origin 1853 Historical Examples “Purty well, considerin,” sez I; and you can’t think how all-overish I felt to hear any body speak of Judy so fur from hum. Highlife in New York: a series of letters to Mr. Zephariah Slick, […]
all-pro adjective Of first quality; blue-ribbon; stellar: an all-pro team of Washington super-lobbyists [fr the annual designation of certain professional football players to the putative team of the best] Contemporary Examples Of course, life for these all all-pro apologists has gotten a bit more uncomfortable in the past few days. Forget the Wife Beating—Are You […]
- All-purpose flour
noun the finely ground and sifted meal of a blend of high-gluten hard wheat and low-gluten soft wheat, which can be used in most food recipes calling for flour Examples All-purpose flour comes in two basic forms — bleached and unbleached — that can be used interchangeably. Usage Note cooking