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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Baritone Anthony Whitson-Martini impressed with a resonant voice full of gravitas. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Rare works shine in La Jolla Symphony & Chorus’ season-closing concert," 11 June 2019 The objects that are left behind are resonant with that person who no longer interacts with those objects, sits in that armchair, cooks with those utensils, makes that bed, closes those curtains, puts that television set on, moves through the rooms. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Annie Lennox Traveled the World and the Seven Seas—and Made an Exhibit of Her Life," 25 May 2019 Still, the inner workings of the project of finessing Hillary’s email vulnerability should be especially resonant now. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "After the Mueller Report," 22 Mar. 2019 Most important, though, Jody commands a supple and resonant voice, capable of conveying a wide range of emotions without sounding forced, and her theatrical flair ramps up the intensity even further. David Whiteis, Chicago Reader, "Southern soul-blues queen Ms. Jody always respects herself in the morning," 5 June 2018 The 16 essays that knit together his profound and resonant collection are a nimble study in radical self-invention. Wired Staff, WIRED, "12 Books You Must Read This Summer," 25 May 2018 What resulted was a subtle supplementation of the Virginia string band’s stately, resonant folk sound., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 4 May 2018 The strings of the second piano are strummed and plucked so as to produce weird waves of resonant sound suggestive of the netherworld. John Von Rhein,, "Chicago Fringe Opera's bare-bones staging of 'Great God Pan' brings more spills than chills," 15 Mar. 2018 One vector was social, friends of the Brodskys in Sun Valley, Idaho, and Seattle, where Kundig has designed daring, emotionally resonant houses for artists and writers and some of the country’s foremost collectors of modern and contemporary art. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Dreamed of a Modern Home in a Pastoral Setting," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of resonant

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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