res·​o·​na·​tor ˈre-zə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce resonator (audio)
: something that resounds or resonates: such as
: a hollow metallic container for producing microwaves or a piezoelectric crystal put into oscillation by the oscillations of an outside source
: a device for increasing the resonance of a musical instrument

Examples of resonator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the proof-of-concept tiny wine glass and optical resonator, the authors printed a tiny version of the KTH logo, a cantilever, and a conical spiral, as well as a silica glass optical fiber tip. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 7 July 2023 The resonator of the bundengan (the traditional kowangan structure) is made by covering bamboo splits with bamboo culm sheaths, the outer protective layers found on growing bamboo stems. Eva Amsen, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Dialing in a Helmholtz resonator requires extensive computational fluid dynamics modeling, then plenty of prototyping—far too complex and costly for a production vehicle, especially from a small company like Lotus. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 1 Aug. 2023 The Broadcom deal covers a range of 5G wireless connectivity components, including FBAR filters, acoustic resonators that enable iPhones to connect to 5G networks. Diego Lasarte, Quartz, 23 May 2023 The device, made of metamaterial resonators, boosts low-energy emissions from the patient’s body 15 to 20 times that of a standard MRI. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 3 May 2023 In the Twenties, Sherman told me, researchers looking for a better resonator for radio frequencies hit upon quartz crystals, which vibrate at a generally reliable frequency. Tom Vanderbilt, Harper’s Magazine , 13 Mar. 2023 The four-stringed plectrum banjo contributed to Dixieland jazz, while the five-stringed resonator banjo, with its shorter drone string, figures prominently in such popular acts as the Chicks, Mumford & Sons and Béla Fleck. David Yezzi, WSJ, 11 Nov. 2022 The conversion rate could be increased even further by surrounding the space with a resonator, or a device that produces a certain microwave frequency, which could be tuned to correspond to the particular mass of axion that researchers are looking for. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resonator was circa 1869

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“Resonator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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res·​o·​na·​tor ˈrez-ᵊn-ˌāt-ər How to pronounce resonator (audio)
: something (as a device for increasing the resonance of a musical instrument) that resounds or resonates

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