re·​ver·​ber·​a·​tion | \ ri-ˌvər-bə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce reverberation (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web There the boy’s name caused a fateful reverberation. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: A Surprising Turn of Fate," 9 Oct. 2020 In the Eighth Symphony’s dramatic rests, sounds faded in a sweet glow of reverberation that never muddied the effect. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Not what we expected for Fabio Luisi’s first bows as Dallas Symphony music director," 11 Sep. 2020 The team’s reverberation time was noticeably longer than those recorded in previous studies of a concrete Stonehenge replica in Maryhill, Washington state. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Stonehenge May Have Amplified Music Played at Its Center," 2 Sep. 2020 Rooms at home can produce reverberations that can reduce your ability to understand speech. Popular Science, "Zoom fatigue is real. Here’s what to do about it.," 12 May 2020 In other parts of the country, the president’s suggestion that disinfectants could possibly be used to treat COVID-19 have had reverberations. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, "Cuomo on coronavirus stay-home sacrifices: ‘What you’re doing is actually saving lives’," 25 Apr. 2020 Humankind has remedied the shock of modern life with pleasures from its reverberations. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "It Doesn’t Matter If Anyone Exists or Not," 24 Feb. 2020 Survivors are not a monolith, but for many, the rape case and its reverberations, are still incredibly painful. Amira Rose Davis, The New Republic, "A Legacy of Incoherence," 1 Feb. 2020 During the Mad Max sequence, effects and reverberations were deep and rich. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Wireless Headphones for the Office, Traveling, and Working Out," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of reverberation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reverberation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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