res·​o·​na·​tor | \ ˈre-zə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce resonator (audio) \

Definition of resonator

: something that resounds or resonates: such as
a : a hollow metallic container for producing microwaves or a piezoelectric crystal put into oscillation by the oscillations of an outside source
b : a device for increasing the resonance of a musical instrument

Examples of resonator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The score is just a range of guitars — acoustic, a resonator guitar and an electric guitar with effects — and two cellos. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Composer Tamar-kali on the Perks of An Intimate Score," 29 Jan. 2021 By routing the intake through the fender, the sound of the engine switching to high-revving cams is amplified because the fender acts as a resonator. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2006 Honda Civic Si vs. Volkswagen GTI," 18 Nov. 2020 The core of Dr Adib’s invention is called a broadband resonator. The Economist, "How to send underwater messages without batteries," 17 Oct. 2020 Today, Rosenberg’s team is aggressively pursuing the particle, sweeping through an entire frequency bandwidth every nine months before replacing their resonator with a new one that searches for the next axion mass in their lineup. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Generation of Dark Matter Experiments Gear Up to Search for Elusive Particle," 3 Feb. 2020 The current Ridgeline still has a useful dual-action tailgate and a trunk with optional resonators in the sides of the bed that effectively turn the entire cargo box into an outdoor speaker for the audio system. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Tailgate Party: Pickup Tailgate Features Ranked: Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Honda, and Ram," 1 Apr. 2020 Caught in a trap Transmon qubits work by circulating a current through a loop of superconducting wire, linked to a resonator that allows the state of the current to be controlled and read out. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New entry in commercial quantum computing, using entirely different tech," 3 Mar. 2020 To keep stray bits of energy from messing with the resonator, the whole device is kept very close to absolute zero. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Levitating sand escapes classical world, enters quantum ground state," 31 Jan. 2020 Both the superconducting wire and resonator, however, have to be manufactured, which allows for subtle differences between the individual qubits. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New entry in commercial quantum computing, using entirely different tech," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of resonator

circa 1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resonator was circa 1869

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12 Feb 2021

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“Resonator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of resonator

: a device used to make something (such as a musical instrument) louder

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