res·​o·​nant | \ ˈre-zə-nənt How to pronounce resonant (audio) , ˈrez-nənt \

Definition of resonant

1 : continuing to sound : echoing
2a : capable of inducing resonance
b : relating to or exhibiting resonance
3a : intensified and enriched by or as if by resonance a resonant voice
b : marked by grandiloquence

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Other Words from resonant

resonant noun
resonantly adverb

Examples of resonant in a Sentence

the resonant tones of the piano He has a deep, resonant voice. His words were resonant with meaning.
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Recent Examples on the Web Biden kept the focus on health care, which has proved to be a winning issue for Democrats during previous elections and could be even more resonant amid the pandemic. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "2nd in Senate GOP says go slow on court," 21 Sep. 2020 Biden hopes to keep the focus on health care, which has proven to be a winning issue for Democrats during previous elections and could be even more resonant amid the pandemic. Alexandra Jaffe, Star Tribune, "Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate," 20 Sep. 2020 One of their researchers, Salvatore Cesar Pais, recently took out a patent for a space drive with a conical resonant cavity and microwave emitters remarkably similar to the EmDrive. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The EmDrive Just Won't Die," 11 Sep. 2020 Karen, as an astronaut, what stuck out to you as being particularly resonant? Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "What Is It Like to Actually Parent From Space?," 4 Sep. 2020 But that resonant frequency constantly shifts as the device heats up. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel," 3 Sep. 2020 Panels have also been designed with shapes rather than flat, resonant surfaces to reduce noise transmission. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Is a Tasteful Oasis in a Post-Opulent World," 1 Sep. 2020 Yet her depictions of long-term suffering are powerful, elegant and newly resonant during the coronavirus pandemic. The Economist, "The view from the hospital bed Tory Dent’s poetry was a record of long-term illness and pain," 17 Aug. 2020 According to Variety, which first reported the news that a deal was in the works, the streaming service hopes to release the politically resonant Chicago 7 ahead of the November presidential election. Tyler Aquilina,, "Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 heads to Netflix," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of resonant

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Sep 2020

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“Resonant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce resonant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of resonant

: producing a loud, clear, deep sound
: strongly affecting someone especially with a particular quality


res·​o·​nant | \ ˈre-zə-nənt How to pronounce resonant (audio) \

Kids Definition of resonant

: making a long loud, clear, and deep sound a resonant voice

Other Words from resonant

resonantly adverb


res·​o·​nant | \ ˈrez-ᵊn-ənt, ˈrez-nənt How to pronounce resonant (audio) \

Medical Definition of resonant

1 : capable of inducing resonance
2 : relating to or exhibiting resonance

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