General English



  • noun the answer or outcome of an arithmetic or logical operation


  • noun any of the three possible outcomes of a cricket match. A match can end in a draw, a tie, or with one side winning.
    Citation ‘The final day dawned brightly, with every result possible and tension upgraded from danger level to crisis point’ (Hugh Chevallier, Wisden 2006)

Information & Library Science

  • noun the outcome of an event or activity


  • noun figures at the end of a calculation, at the end of a test


  • noun the outcome of a game or match

Origin & History of “result”

Etymologically, to result is to ‘jump backwards’. The word comes ultimately from Latin resultāre ‘jump backwards’, hence ‘rebound’, a compound verb formed from the prefix re- ‘back’ and saltāre ‘jump’ (source of English insult, sauté, etc). In medieval Latin it came to be used figuratively for ‘happen as a consequence’, the sense in which English borrowed it. It was not used as a noun until the 17th century.