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.

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The loss sent reverberations throughout local races. New York Times, "Crowley’s Loss Heralds an ‘End of an Era’: Last of the Party Bosses," 28 June 2018 On June 6, 1998 one show flickered onto screens across the country and not only revolutionized television for women but sent lasting reverberations into the fashion industry. Tara Paniogue,, "'Sex and the City': The top 10 looks from the fashion-forward series," 5 June 2018 Investors caution that startup deals are typically negotiated over many weeks or months, meaning that reverberations might not be fully realized for a while. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Silicon Valley’s Unbridled Optimism Gets Fresh Reality Check," 22 Jan. 2019 There's no way out of that imbroglio without causing significant political reverberations that would last for years. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump lashes out as Cohen raid fuses Russia probe and Stormy case," 10 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of reverberation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reverberation was in the 14th century

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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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