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reverberate

Line breaks: re|ver¦ber|ate
Pronunciation: /rɪˈvəːbəreɪt
 
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Definition of reverberate in English:

verb

[no object, usually with adverbial]
1(Of a loud noise) be repeated several times as an echo: her deep booming laugh reverberated around the room
More example sentences
  • Floors, for example, can alert guards based solely on how loud a footstep reverberates upon its surface.
  • Not only does she like to be way off the ground, but her playful and booming laughter reverberates through any campground or room you might find her in.
  • Simultaneously, a loud thud reverberated from a floor above the waiting room.
Synonyms
resound, echo, re-echo, repeat, resonate, pulsate, vibrate, ring, peal, boom, rumble, roll, pound, thump, drum, thrum
1.1(Of a place) appear to vibrate because of a loud noise: the hall reverberated with laughter
More example sentences
  • The Blue half of the Eternal City reverberates to a different beat when the Argentinian plays.
  • The streets of Glasgow reverberated with the sound of the chanter as more than 9,000 musicians made their way to the main event on a sunlit Glasgow Green.
  • The atmosphere reverberated with the sound of conch shells and temple drums.
1.2 [with object] archaic Return or re-echo (a sound): oft did the cliffs reverberate the sound
More example sentences
  • They're holding their breath and singing, so they must be reverberating sound inside their head somewhere.
  • Large pieces of glass propped against one side of the cell eerily reverberate the soothing sounds of cascading water.
  • Buttermilk Lane is like a natural echo chamber, taking my crazy chords and loopy lines and reverberating them around from stone wall to shuttered window.
2Have continuing and serious effects: the statements by the professor reverberated through the Capitol
More example sentences
  • Thirty years ago today, the single worst day of violence during the Troubles saw the streets of Dublin and Monaghan rocked by blasts, but the aftermath continues to reverberate around Irish society.
  • The fallout continues to reverberate through the media, the political sphere, and has forced a discussion on the state of the culture.
  • The repercussions of the controversy around the alleged doping by three of Bulgaria's champion weightlifters continue to reverberate.

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'drive or beat back'): from Latin reverberat- 'struck again', from the verb reverberare, from re- 'back' + verberare 'to lash' (from verbera (plural) 'scourge').

More
  • The early sense was ‘drive or beat back’. Latin reverberare ‘strike again’ is the source, from re- ‘back’ and verberare ‘to lash’.

Derivatives

reverberant

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The sounds were louder than we expected, partly due to the reverberant quality of the room, and the metal columns, pipes and girders resonated even more than we hoped, and more musically, at least in most cases.
  • If it sounds good and reverberant in the room, it takes me that much further.
  • The sad, sweet netherworld in which inarticulate cartoon characters hang out after hours is a reverberant place for many young artists - including local Ben Woodward.

reverberantly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • Richly and reverberantly recorded, Thomson made the most of the swelling, romantic melodies.
  • Ultimately, despite the freer methods, the results are often pretty much the same as Officium on disc one -- soothing, timeless sonic frescos reverberantly recorded in the same Austrian St. Gerold monastery.
  • As a result, all reverberantly reflected rays are eliminated.

reverberative

3
Pronunciation: /-rətɪv/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Aided by filmic, reverberative music, Bosher keeps the tension wound to the horrifying climax when the cannibalistic horrors come tumbling out.
  • One assumes Paul Smith's choice of moniker alludes to his music's reverberative qualities, but in fact its origin is rather more unusual.
  • Aided by Adam Cork's superb sound track, he underscores the action with savage bird-cries and distantly reverberative music.

reverberator

4
noun
Example sentences
  • That said, the El Head sound is embellished time and again with steel pan percussion, the odd echo-meter or reverberator and various bits of machinery that go boing.
  • Figure 7.31 shows a simple artificial reverberator, essentially a realization of the design shown in Figure 7.15.
  • The audio reverberator system includes a piezoelectric transducer having an intrinsic capacitance coupled to an additional circuit element to form a low-pass type filter circuit for attenuating higher frequency inputs to the transducer to provide a desired flat frequency response for an audio vibrational output to vibrate a reverberation plate for production of a desired audio output.

reverberatory

5
Pronunciation: /-rət(ə)ri/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Let us assume then that the persistence or repetition of a reverberatory activity tends to induce lasting cellular changes that add to its stability.
  • Hebb needed a way to sustain persistent reverberatory activity or ‘trace’ in cortical circuits.
  • In this study, we investigated the basic synaptic mechanisms responsible for reverberatory activity in small networks of rat hippocampal neurons in vitro.

Words that rhyme with reverberate

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