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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Even the most resonant work of literature is historically specific, contingent not just on an author’s imagination but on where and when it was written, the context that gave it form. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "‘The Undying,’ an Extraordinary and Furious New Memoir About Cancer," 10 Sep. 2019 Many people perceive music through stories, both personal and invented, but always emotionally resonant. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Cassette tapes are making a comeback. But it’s about the culture, not the sound," 6 Aug. 2019 For this year’s exhibition of BCA studio artists, curator Jameson Johnson invited participants to create site-specific installations using resonant objects from their practices or their lives., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 16 Aug. 2019 Under the guidance of an instructor and to the frequencies of certain musical instruments, such as quartz crystal singing bowls keyed harmonically to the body, sound bathers enter a meditative state of deep relaxation and resonant awareness. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 The issue is especially resonant in Germany, given its Nazi past. NBC News, "Right-wing extremism is a growing worry in Germany after series of attacks," 18 July 2019 Rooklidge, who grew up in Laguna Beach, says Baldessari’s use of images is particularly resonant now, with the prevalance of Instagram, Facebook and other social media. Richard Chang,, "New Laguna Art Museum exhibits include John Baldessari lithographs, Gwyn Murrill’s animal sculptures and prints by Mexican American artists," 20 June 2019 The resonant violin leads with melodic certainty and provides creative counterpoint. Catalina Righter,, "Chamber music concert to present ensemble with a ‘kaleidoscope’ of Eastern European music," 19 July 2019 His voice is a rich alto rather than a vertiginous soprano, with a resonant warmth and an absence of shrillness. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Millennial Countertenor’s Pop-Star Appeal," 15 July 2019

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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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