re·​ver·​ber·​a·​tion | \ ri-ˌvər-bə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of reverberation

1 : an act of reverberating : the state of being reverberated
2a : something that is reverberated
b : an effect or impact that resembles an echo

Examples of reverberation in a Sentence

the reverberations of her voice Although the room was very big, her voice could be heard with little reverberation.

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But the reverberations that would run through the Internet as his crop treaded into Manic Panic territory, most notoriously capturing the attention of music trailblazer and hair chameleon Frank Ocean, were beyond his wildest imagination. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How This Skateboarder’s Radical Pink Buzz Cut Caught Frank Ocean’s Attention," 4 Feb. 2019 But the reverberations of the larger movement have spread much further. Almudena Calatrava, The Seattle Times, "Wave of sexual abuse allegations shakes Argentina," 26 Dec. 2018 In our current climate, the centers have political reverberations. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: Planned Parenthood to Open 14 New Health Centers Across the American South," 23 July 2018 Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images What’s next for the GND Though the committee fight was discouraging (and not everyone agrees about its tactical wisdom), its reverberations reached well beyond DC. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 The sudden shock to the European body politic of more than a million refugees and migrants in 2015 pushed sentiment far to the right in Europe, and the reverberations were felt as far away as the United States. CNN, "How Syria's war changed the world," 15 Mar. 2018 But the reverberations from ride-share apps are nothing compared with what will happen when autonomous vehicles become the norm. Samuel I. Schwartz, WSJ, "How Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape Our World," 18 Oct. 2018 Like many of the impacts of a warming planet, the serious economic reverberations and permanent damage caused by declining coastal property values are simply not being addressed in an urgent enough manner. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 These comments are particularly poignant in the wake of the reverberations in the modeling world from Hollywood's #MeToo movement. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Kate Moss Reveals She Felt "Pressure" to Pose Topless as a Young Model," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of reverberation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reverberation

somewhat formal : a sound that echoes
: an effect or result that is not wanted

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