re·​ver·​ber·​ant | \ ri-ˈvər-b(ə-)rənt How to pronounce reverberant (audio) \

Definition of reverberant

1 : tending to reverberate
2 : marked by reverberation : resonant

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Other Words from reverberant

reverberantly adverb

Examples of reverberant in a Sentence

the pastor's reverberant voice could be heard all over the cemetery as he read the final prayers for the deceased
Recent Examples on the Web In a matter of days, the world of contemporary art went from a reverberant global network to a ghost town, sheltering in place as the coronavirus endangers our cities and our livelihoods. Jason Farago, New York Times, "The Merry-Go-Round Stopped. What Sort of Art Will Emerge?," 25 Mar. 2020 All benefit from a crisply reverberant acoustic in which an instrument’s timbre is nearly as important as the music played on it. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Pristine Empire of ECM Records," 25 Nov. 2019 As with Brown’s other albums, the rapper opts for non-standard rhythmic backing tracks, with hints of free jazz, sparkling atmospherics, weeping strings, reverberant shouts and squishy retro video-game bleeps and blorps. John Adamian,, "Older and wiser Danny Brown playing at Toad’s Place," 8 Nov. 2019 In this reverberant space, though, consonants could have used more projection. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "D-FW connections abound in N.M. performances by pianist Haochen Zhang and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale," 6 Aug. 2019 The low, reverberant sound produced by Martin’s bass was reminiscent of a rumbling car muffler. Bill Friskics-warren,, "Glenn Snoddy, 96, accidental inventor of the fuzz tone," 26 May 2018 Hushed melodies and cooing vocals cascade over clean, arpeggiated acoustic guitar, and Risker's longtime collaborator Joshua Wentz adds keyboards and electronic enhancements that help push the material into a spacey, reverberant psychedelic zone. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jessica Risker sharpens her sweet songs on a hazy new album," 18 Apr. 2018 And her spare, reverberant retrospective now at the Whitney Museum of American Art time-traveled me straight back to it. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Zoe Leonard’s Messages Strike Hard — and Cast a Spell," 8 Mar. 2018 The bassist Ronnie Ware plays long, snorting and reverberant tones. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘Funk in France: From Paris to Antibes (1969-1970)’ and ‘Slick!—Live at Oil Can Harry’s’ by Grant Green Reviews," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of reverberant

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reverberant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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