Definition of resonant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrezənənt/


1(Of sound) deep, clear, and continuing to sound or ring: a full-throated and resonant guffaw
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  • But their presence is signalled by an unmistakable call similar to bellowing of a bull with a deep, resonant boom that carries up to a mile.
  • So the resonant sound is dubbed an auspicious sound.
  • Large, ungainly and hanging onto my thick specs, I'd leap over a vault with my free hand, landing with a resonant thud on the other side, and I loved it.
deep, low, sonorous, full, full-bodied, vibrant, rich, clear, ringing;
loud, booming, thunderous
1.1 (resonant with) (Of a place) filled or resounding with (a sound): alpine valleys resonant with the sound of church bells
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  • How different from the scene in the last century when Subrahmanya Bharati sang of the enchantment of Puduvai, lit by dawn gold streaming across the blue sea, resonant with Vedic chants, steeped in elegant Tamil culture!
  • The hill of Sanchi, surrounded by verdant forests with the river gurgling at its feet, resonant with the hymns and chants, must have been one of the most idyllic, spiritual spots.
  • Soon Esther neared the tented forest resonant with the shouts of campers - old familiar sounds of her childhood.
reverberating, reverberant, resounding, echoing, filled
1.2Having the ability to evoke or suggest enduring images, memories, or emotions: the prints are resonant with traditions of Russian folk art and story
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  • Instead, it's photography that has produced ‘some of the most affecting and resonant of artworks… images that possess a stark and unsparing eloquence’.
  • The resonant emotions projected by the album render titles and lyrics unnecessary.
  • This is, of course, an extreme example, but it is also an extraordinarily resonant image.
evocative, suggestive, expressive, redolent
2(Of a room, a musical instrument, or a hollow body) tending to reinforce or prolong sounds, especially by synchronous vibration.
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  • Selective resonance at these eigentone frequencies will inevitably colour the sound, especially in small rectangular rooms where the resonant frequencies are high enough to fall within the musical range.
  • Then, if you take the lid off the piano to boost it, sometimes the room becomes too resonant and the sound goes all over the place.
  • Move around while listening and the hum changes to a low, soothing throb or at particularly resonant points in the room, vibrates your skull rather unpleasantly.
3 technical Relating to or bringing about resonance in a circuit, atom, or other object.
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  • A second of time is defined as x oscillations of a cesium atom's resonant frequency, and is commonly measured in atomic clocks.
  • All atomic clocks measure time in terms of the natural resonant frequencies of various atoms and molecules.
  • Depending on the resonant or natural frequency of the atom and the frequency of the incoming wave, the emitted photon will have changed phase when compared to it's unaffected brethren.
4(Of a color) enhancing or enriching another color or colors by contrast.
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  • It is a work that requires an interpreter of the depth and understanding of Bernard, whose precise and lucid touch projected the harmony and thematic process with resonant colours and bite.
  • His colours became more resonant, his drawing more grandly simplified, and his expression of the mysteries of life more profound.
  • The method of colour therapy is based on the law of resonant colours interaction, conterminous to frequency characteristics of body.



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  • In my mind, it is rare for a film to be consistently funny, resonantly humane, and socially conscious.
  • This is music that deftly defines its era, often more resonantly than the chart-based pop of the time.
  • The recitatives were poignantly intense, and while immersed in Beethoven's idiom, came across without affectation, the resonantly repeated note-pairs imbued with restrained passion.


Late 16th century: from French résonnant or Latin resonant- 'resounding', from the verb resonare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + sonare 'to sound'.

  • sound from Old English:

    There are four different ‘sounds’ in English. The one relating to noise is from Latin sonus. Related words are dissonance (Late Middle English) ‘inharmonious’; resonance (Late Middle English) ‘echo, resound’; resonant (late 16th century); resound (Late Middle English); and sonorous (early 17th century). Sonar, however, is an acronym formed from Sound Navigation and Ranging on the pattern of radar. Sound, meaning ‘in good condition, not damaged or diseased’, is from Old English gesund. In Middle English the prominent sense was ‘uninjured, unwounded’. Use of sound to mean ‘having well-grounded opinions’ dates from the early 16th century; the phrase as sound as a bell appeared in the late 16th century. This puns on the first meaning of sound, and also on the fact that a cracked bell will not ring true. The third sound (Late Middle English) ‘ascertain the depth of water’ is from Old French sonder, based on Latin sub- ‘below’ and unda ‘wave’. The final one for a narrow stretch of water is Middle English from Old Norse sund ‘swimming, strait’, related to swim.

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Syllabification: res·o·nant

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