catalyst catalyst  /ˈkæ tə ləst/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected
  2. (n) something that causes an important event to happen

Usage(s):

  1. The booing of the crowd acted as a catalyst after which the team gave a good account of itself.
  2. The high price of fossil fuel acted as a catalyst for the changeover to alternate sources of energy.
  3. The bailout package cannot be a catalyst. It can only be a temporary balm for a deep festering wound.

News

  1. Catalyst Positioned in 'Visionary' Quadrant in Gartner's 2013 Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery

    Catalyst Repository Systems, Inc., a pioneer in cloud-based document repositories for global e-discovery and complex legal matters, today announced that Gartner, one of the world's leading technology research ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Partners HealthCare Teams Up With Health Catalyst to Help Improve Care and Lower Costs

    Partners HealthCare, founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Health Catalyst, the leader in healthcare data warehousing, announced today that Partners HealthCare ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Catalyst Names E-Discovery Industry Veteran David Sannar VP of International Development in Asia

    Catalyst Repository Systems, Inc., a pioneer in cloud-based discovery platforms for global e-discovery and other complex legal matters, today announced it has named e-discovery business development veteran ...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

Quotes

  1. "The impact of high oil prices acted as a catalyst for airlines to take unprecedented measures to bring the supply of seats back into balance with passenger demand," said US Airways Chief Executive Doug Parker. "We believe these actions have...
    on Jan 29, 2009 By: Doug Parker Source: Forbes

  2. "We believe China will change by opening the country to the scrutiny of the world through the 25,000 media personnel who will attend the games," IOC President Jacques Rogge said. "The Olympic Games are a force for good. They are a catalyst...
    on Mar 29, 2008 By: Jacques Rogge Source: Salt Lake Tribune

  3. "This investment is precisely the catalyst we need as we intensify the push to finish polio," Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, said in a statement.
    on Nov 26, 2007 By: Margaret Chan Source: Forbes

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