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echo 1

Pronunciation: /ˈekō/

noun (plural echoes)

1A sound or series of sounds caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface back to the listener: the walls threw back the echoes of his footsteps
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  • There was no screaming, no running footsteps, no echoes across the stony surfaces.
  • Carpets are needed throughout to dull the sound of footsteps and echoes in the corridors, which can distract and upset some children.
  • I stood still, listening, and realized it was not an echo but the sound of hooves - a lone rider coming through the gate.
reverberation, reflection, ringing, repetition, repeat
1.1A reflected radio or radar beam.
Example sentences
  • But with transatlantic fiber-optic cables, you have a direct connection with no echoes.
  • Analysis of the echoes produced will reveal much about the composition of the top five kilometres of the crust.
  • Analysis of radar echoes showed birds crossed the Great Lakes in large numbers, although we also found evidence of birds avoiding lake crossing in some locations.
1.2The deliberate introduction of reverberation into a sound recording.
Example sentences
  • True, the band is actually vocalizing live, complete with lots of reverb and echo to mimic their records' spatial luxury.
  • The recorded sound has too much echo for my taste, but I can live with it.
  • The sound mix adds more reverberant echo to Vaughan's voice once the entirety of the space and the physical relations within it have been revealed.
1.3 Linguistics The repetition in structure and content of one speaker’s utterance by another.
Example sentences
  • Of course, echoes and repetitions do not necessarily imply non-differentiation of subjectivity.
2A close parallel or repetition of an idea, feeling, style, or event: his love for her found an echo in her own feelings
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  • However, for those seeking echoes of today's events, there are some hints there.
  • Moreover one frequently finds echoes of his ideas in the writing of many specialists.
  • And in an echo of events in Britain, 75,000 civil servants will be made redundant over the next two years.
duplicate, copy, replica, imitation, mirror image, double, match, parallel
2.1 (often echoes) A detail or characteristic that is suggestive of something else: the cheese has a sharp rich aftertaste with echoes of salty, earthy pastures
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  • There are echoes of those ‘protect and survive leaflets’ issued ‘in the event of nuclear disaster’ in the 70s.
  • Yet their attitude to the poor, if condescending, was generous, and echoes of Young England survived as elements in Disraeli's later vision of Tory democracy.
  • You can see echoes of Edinburgh step-gabling in the windows, hints of Scots baronial in the reception area and Celtic crosses carved into the ceiling.
trace, vestige, remnant, ghost, shadow, memory, recollection, remembrance;
reminder, sign, mark, token, souvenir, indication, suggestion, hint;
3 archaic A person who slavishly repeats the words or opinions of another.
4 Bridge A play by a defender of a higher card in a suit followed by a lower one in a subsequent trick, used as a signal to request a further lead of that suit by their partner.
5A code word representing the letter E, used in radio communication.

verb (echoes, echoing, echoed)

[no object]
1(Of a sound) be repeated or reverberate after the original sound has stopped: their footsteps echoed on the metal catwalks
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  • The next thing I know a loud ringing echoes in my ears.
  • My bags of groceries rustle, and the sound echoes loudly in the large room.
  • The sounds of fierce combat echo throughout the Combat Arena.
1.1(Of a place) resound with or reflect back a sound or sounds: the house echoed with shouts and thundering feet
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  • Yes, the back streets of Venice echoed with the sounds of The Cornetto Song as we entered the heart of Venice.
  • The quiet environs of the city once echoed with their timeless chimings.
  • The area curiously echoed with each solemn step he made even though there were no walls to bounce the sound about.
1.2 [with object] Repeat (someone’s words or opinions), typically to express agreement: these criticisms are echoed in a number of other studies [with direct speech]: “A trip?” she echoed
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  • Which is what we have; and nothing, I might add, echoing his words, is better calculated to undermine ministers' responsibility.
  • In the meantime, he simply echoes the words of Keynes who once said that ‘in the long run we are all dead’.
  • His words were echoed by those who spoke after him of the need for social dialogue and joint problem solving, pooling of all available resources for the common good.
repeat, restate, reiterate;
copy, imitate, parrot, mimic;
reproduce, recite, quote, regurgitate
informal recap
2 [with object] (Of an object, movement, or event) be reminiscent of or have shared characteristics with: a blue suit that echoed the color of her eyes
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  • Later events echoed an elegiac note first struck in 1892.
  • I predict the series finale will echo Seinfeld's last episode, in which the show's creators finally forced us to see Seinfeld and his gang as petty and brutish and not funny at all.
  • The glint on the wire frames of his spectacles echoes the glint on the birdcage wire.
3 [with object] Computing Send a copy of (an input signal or character) back to its source or to a screen for display: for security reasons, the password will not be echoed to the screen
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  • Every time you pass the print statement, it is echoed to the screen, interspaced with the debugging materials.
  • If the server were to echo the download requests, the target machine would enter an endless loop which could tie up its resources and from which the only escape is a re-boot.
  • Dynamic pages that are vulnerable to this hack include search results, error messages and Web-form results pages that echo data entered by the user.
4 Bridge (Of a defender) play a higher card followed by a lower one in the same suit, as a signal to request one’s partner to lead that suit.



Example sentences
  • Moore then cycles his feedback through an echoer and by raising and lowering his volume makes the feedback accent the rhythm.
  • The teacher does not have the microphone, but an echoer has the microphone and repeats what I'm saying right after I'm saying it.


Pronunciation: /ˈekō-ē/
Example sentences
  • Suddenly all the wonderful acoustics and strange, echoey silences have been destroyed.
  • It's simply not the right setting for a play so full of movement and slapstick pratfalls: the cramped stage forces the cast to huddle together, while the echoey acoustics magnify every trip and body-slam.
  • It just sort of sounds like… the Flaming Lips, meaning it's echoey and fuzzy around the edges and contains four-and-a-half-minute songs that take you for gallops around the universe.


Pronunciation: /ˈekōləs/
Example sentences
  • Echoless Panels are ceiling and wall panels ideally suited for noise absorption and sound reduction in gymnasiums, auditoriums, classrooms, music rooms, arenas & stadiums, churches, and more.
  • In any case, the point of this essay is about student activism and political awareness, and the connection I wish to make between the echoless mutual haranguing today and the enforced amnesia about events from the past is this.


Middle English: from Old French or Latin, from Greek ēkhō, related to ēkhē 'a sound'.

  • In Greek mythology Echo was the name of an oread or mountain nymph whom the goddess Hera deprived of speech to stop her chattering. The unfortunate creature was left able only to repeat what others had said. She fell in love with the handsome narcissus, and when he rejected her she wasted away with grief until there was nothing left of her but her voice. In another, nastier version of the story she was loved by the god Pan but turned him down; in revenge he drove a group of shepherds mad and made them tear her to pieces. The fragments were hidden in the earth, including her voice, which could still imitate other sounds. The name of the nymph was probably a personification of the Greek word ēkhō, which was related to ēkhē ‘a sound’.

Words that rhyme with echo

art deco, dekko, Eco, El Greco, gecko, secco

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Syllabification: ech·o

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Echo 2

Pronunciation: /ˈekō/
Greek Mythology
A nymph deprived of speech by Hera in order to stop her chatter, and left able only to repeat what others had said.

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Syllabification: Ech·o

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