echo

noun (1)
\ ˈe-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce echo (audio) \
plural echoes also echos

Definition of echo

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : the repetition of a sound caused by reflection of sound waves
b : the sound due to such reflection
2a : a repetition or imitation of another : reflection
c : trace, vestige
d : response
3 : one who closely imitates or repeats another's words, ideas, or acts
4 : a soft repetition of a musical phrase
5a : 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

echo

verb
echoed; echoing\ ˈe-​(ˌ)kō-​iŋ How to pronounce echoing (audio) , ˈe-​kə-​wiŋ \

Definition of echo (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to resound with echoes
2 : to produce an echo

transitive verb

1a : 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

Echo

noun (2)
\ ˈe-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce Echo (audio) \

Definition of Echo (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Echo

communications code word

Definition of Echo (Entry 4 of 4)

used as a code word for the letter e

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Other Words from echo

Noun (1)

echoey \ ˈe-​ˌkō-​ē How to pronounce echoey (audio) \ adjective

Examples of echo in a Sentence

Noun (1)

We shouted into the canyon and listened to the echo of our voices. the echo of footsteps in the hall His work contains echoes of older and greater poets. The book's title is an echo of a line from an old folk song. The crime is a chilling echo of the murders that shocked the city two years ago.

Verb

The music echoed through the church. Laughter echoed across the lake. Their voices echoed in the hall. His warnings are echoed by many other experts in the field. “It's in Rome.” “In Rome?” she echoed. Others have echoed her criticisms. The book's title echoes a line from an old folk song. The crime echoes last year's shocking murders.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This show has two examples of this work, plus expressive pieces by Anne Bouie, Lilian Burwell, Sheila Crider and Barbara Frank that echo Platt’s eclectic mode, if not his particular method. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Habitats’ at Target Gallery showcases the nature of creativity," 6 Sep. 2019 An echo of Barbie Ferreira’s lime green liner, the inner corner of Normani’s almond gaze played host to a pop of pink which, along with ample lashes and a nude lip, served to take her above-neck look to a new level entirely. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Normani’s Towering Topknot Is Out to Elevate the Updo Game," 6 Sep. 2019 In their red vest theater uniforms, Charlie and Jessica echo Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) and Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), who met while working in the theater in season 1. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Is Charlie Saint Of 13 Reasons Why Just Another Toxic Athlete?," 24 Aug. 2019 As the journey moves from land to hastily built raft (and unapologetic echoes of Mark Twain), the two form a genuine bond that gives the movie its heart. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’: Where to see groundbreaking buddy film in South Florida," 22 Aug. 2019 Tucker’s defensive background, midwest roots and experience working for a master (Nick Saban) echo McCartney, the CU legend for whom George worked as a recruiting coordinator. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Colorado preview: Mel Tucker era begins with loads of questions and only one Viska," 19 Aug. 2019 Tucker’s defensive background, midwest roots and experience working for a master (Nick Saban) echo McCartney, the CU legend for whom George worked as a recruiting coordinator. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 team previews: CU Buffs’ Mel Tucker era begins with loads of questions and only one Viska," 19 Aug. 2019 The title track clangs and echoes; Ms Tucker whispers, chants and howls the words as the song builds. M.j., The Economist, "Twenty-five years later, Sleater-Kinney are still making vital music," 16 Aug. 2019 This Federer, Nadal, Djokovic in every event, one way or another, no matter how the plot twists, has this real historical echo. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "10 U.S. Open Storylines to Keep an Eye On | Beyond the Baseline Podcast," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Here, too, the crowd gathered early and waited as the sky grew dim; finally, with an echoing soundtrack, the show began. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 The call echoes out on police radios throughout the department, signaling an officer has been involved in a shooting. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 10 Sep. 2019 Many other animal welfare and conservation organizations echoed these sentiments. National Geographic, "African elephants can now only rarely be taken from the wild and sent to faraway zoos," 28 Aug. 2019 On the red carpet back in May, Kim echoed that sentiment, telling E! Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Was More Nervous About the Met Gala Than Her Own Wedding," 5 Aug. 2019 Wilson echoed those sentiments and said this year people will be able to see a lot more of his teammates’ abilities on the defensive side of the ball. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU coach Willie Taggart, players confident they will surprise skeptics in 2019," 19 July 2019 Fuller carried the lacquered paneling into the master bedroom, where blue high-gloss panels follow the curves of the ceiling; custom nightstands by Promemoria flank the bed; and geometric sconces from Pucci echo the room’s architectural details. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "This Apartment by Nicole Fuller Will Make You Want to Cover Your Walls in Lacquered Panels," 19 July 2019 Horrigan’s sentiments echo what happened earlier this year in Oklahoma, when the state settled with Purdue for $270 million. Andrew Welsh-huggins, BostonGlobe.com, "Ohio attorney general sues to stop upcoming opioid trials," 1 Sep. 2019 Shortly after 8, fireworks explode overhead and a symphony of car alarms echo through the parking lot. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Tailgating and fireworks: San Diego sports in a nutshell," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of echo

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1595, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for echo

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

Greek Ēchō

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echo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of echo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of echo (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ ˈe-kō How to pronounce echo (audio) \
plural echoes

Kids Definition of echo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

echo

verb
echoed; echoing

Kids Definition of echo (Entry 2 of 2)

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

echo

noun
\ ˈek-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce echo (audio) \
plural echoes also echos

Medical Definition of echo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from echo

echo verb echoed; echoing\ ˈek-​(ˌ)ō-​iŋ, ˈek-​ə-​wiŋ How to pronounce echoing (audio) \

Medical Definition of echo (Entry 2 of 2)

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