reverb

noun

plural reverbs
1
: an electronically produced echo effect in live and recorded music
The new record is shrouded in damp clouds of reverb, with faint impressions of its jangling guitars sneaking through like the sun behind an overcast sky.Jude Noel
[Lykke] Li's vocals are soaked in reverb, guitars and drums echoing in the background, turning the song into a dark, emotional plea from a heartbroken lover.Shaina Pearlman
The audience will hear the orchestra acoustically and the effects pedals through the amplification system. Those effects will include vibrato, distortions, pitch and timbral modulations, echoes and reverbs.Kerry Clawson
a reverb effect/sound
2
: something (such as a device, a feature, or a software application) for producing reverb
Thankfully, Vox added a built-in reverb into the amp …Alexander Briones
usually used before another noun
analog/digital reverb units
adjusted the reverb settings
When you buy a reverb pedal, there's almost always a knob that lets you select the type of reverb that you want.Michael Pierce and Giulio Chiarenza

Examples of reverb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their supersonic return knocked out a pair of double sonic booms that set off car alarms and struck a unique whistling reverb sound off the massive Vehicle Assembly Building. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 25 June 2024 Daykin South side food trucks The soundtrack to most city parks includes the ping of a bouncing basketball, the tinny reverb of a faraway stereo or the sizzle of a grill fired up for sausages. Journal Sentinel, 23 May 2024 This 1973 album — cut with Scratch’s house band the Upsetters, some of whom would later join Bob Marley’s Wailers — is one of the finest examples of the genre’s embryonic years, featuring tracks drenched in reverb and skitchy percussion. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 20 Apr. 2024 But La Luz, formed in Seattle in 2012, streaked their reverb with brown acid from the start. Evan Haga, SPIN, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for reverb 

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Word History

Etymology

short for reverberation

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reverb was in 1959

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“Reverb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverb. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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