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echo

noun \ ˈe-(ˌ)kō \

Definition of echo

plural echoes also echos
1 a :the repetition of a sound caused by reflection of sound waves
b :the sound due to such reflection
2 a :a repetition or imitation of another :reflection
3 :one who closely imitates or repeats another's words, ideas, or acts
4 :a soft repetition of a musical phrase
5 a :the repetition of a received radio signal due especially to reflection of part of the wave from an ionized layer of the atmosphere
b (1) :the reflection of transmitted radar signals by an object
(2) :the visual indication of this reflection on a radarscope

echoey

play \ˈe-ˌkō-ē\ adjective

Examples of echo in a Sentence

  1. We shouted into the canyon and listened to the echo of our voices.

  2. the echo of footsteps in the hall

  3. His work contains echoes of older and greater poets.

  4. The book's title is an echo of a line from an old folk song.

  5. The crime is a chilling echo of the murders that shocked the city two years ago.

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Origin and Etymology of echo

Middle English ecco, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French echo, from Latin, from Greek ēchō; akin to Latin vagire to wail, Greek ēchē sound


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echo

verb

Definition of echo

echoed; echoing play \ˈe-(ˌ)kō-iŋ, ˈe-kə-wiŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to resound with echoes
2 :to produce an echo
transitive verb
1 a :repeat, imitate
  • children echoing their teacher's words
b :to restate in support or agreement
  • his successor echoed his opinion
c :to be reminiscent of :evoke
  • music that echoes an earlier time
2 :to send back (a sound) by the reflection of sound waves

Examples of echo in a Sentence

  1. The music echoed through the church.

  2. Laughter echoed across the lake.

  3. Their voices echoed in the hall.

  4. His warnings are echoed by many other experts in the field.

  5. “It's in Rome.” “In Rome?” she echoed.

  6. Others have echoed her criticisms.

  7. The book's title echoes a line from an old folk song.

  8. The crime echoes last year's shocking murders.

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First Known Use of echo

1596

echo Synonyms

Synonyms
reverberate, reecho, resonate, resound, sound
Related Words
ring, roll
Near Antonyms
damp, dampen, deaden, dull, quiet

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Echo

noun \ ˈe-(ˌ)kō \

Definition of Echo

:a nymph in Greek mythology who pines away for love of Narcissus until nothing is left of her but her voice

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Origin and Etymology of echo

Greek Ēchō

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Echo

Definition of Echo

a communications code word for the letter e

First Known Use of echo

1952

Other Alphabet Terms


ECHO Defined for English Language Learners

echo

noun

Definition of echo for English Language Learners

  • : a sound that is a copy of another sound and that is produced when sound waves bounce off a surface (such as a wall)

  • : something (such as a feature or quality) that repeats or resembles something else

  • : something that is similar to something that happened or existed before


echo

verb

Definition of echo for English Language Learners

  • : to be filled with sounds and especially with echoes

  • : to fill a space, area, etc., with sounds and especially with echoes

  • : to repeat (what someone else has said or written)


ECHO Defined for Kids

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echo

noun \ ˈe-kō \

Definition of echo for Students

plural echoes
:the repetition of a sound caused by the reflection of sound waves

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echo

verb

Definition of echo for Students

echoed; echoing
1 :to send back or repeat a sound
2 :to repeat another's words

Medical Dictionary

echo

noun \ ˈek-(ˌ)ō \

medical Definition of echo

plural echoes also echos
1 :the repetition of a sound that is caused by reflection of sound waves
2 :the sound that is due to reflection of sound waves

echo

verb echoed; echoing play \ˈek-(ˌ)ō-iŋ, ˈek-ə-wiŋ\

echo

abbreviation

medical Definition of echo



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