resonant

adjective

res·​o·​nant ˈre-zə-nənt How to pronounce resonant (audio)
ˈrez-nənt
1
: continuing to sound : echoing
2
a
: capable of inducing resonance
b
: relating to or exhibiting resonance
3
a
: intensified and enriched by or as if by resonance
a resonant voice
b
: marked by grandiloquence
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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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of resonant was in 1592

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“Resonant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resonant. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

resonant

adjective
res·​o·​nant ˈrez-ᵊn-ənt How to pronounce resonant (audio)
ˈrez-nənt
1
: continuing to sound
2
: of, relating to, or showing resonance
3
: strengthened and enriched by resonance
resonantly adverb

Medical Definition

resonant

adjective
res·​o·​nant ˈrez-ᵊn-ənt, ˈrez-nənt How to pronounce resonant (audio)
1
: capable of inducing resonance
2
: relating to or exhibiting resonance

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