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 harsh words of his poem about the princess caused reverberations and speculation throughout royal circles in the Middle East and beyond. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Dubai ruler's wife, Princess Haya, goes into hiding in UK and hires divorce lawyer: report," 5 July 2019 But the film recognizes that policies of the Trump administration (mentioned only briefly in passing) have reverberations in the lives of many ordinary Americans living outside major urban centers. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Changing the Game': Film Review | Outfest 2019," 31 July 2019 McKee had been identified as a rising star in journalism, and spent much of her career reporting on the reverberations of sectarian conflict in her home country. Peter Taggart And Rob Picheta, CNN, "Suspect in Lyra McKee murder arrested in Northern Ireland," 6 June 2019 The news was even accompanied by a sound track—the rumbling reverberations of an earthquake the next morning in California, 200 miles away. Jack Mccallum,, "A Clippers Summer: How L.A.’s ‘Other’ Team Stole the NBA Offseason," 9 July 2019 White contractors claiming indigenous ancestry and being rewarded while native communities are still oppressed and facing the reverberations of genocide that still echo through their communities is not new. Essence, "White People Claiming Cherokee Nation Membership Awarded $300 Million In Government Contracts," 2 July 2019 Parker made a great first impression, then hid behind its reverberations for a while. Elena Nicolaou,, "Luke Parker Is The New Chad Johnson — But Even Worse," 20 June 2019 What was said next, if anything, was cut off by the immense reverberation as 790 feet of steel sank beneath the raging sea. Douglas Preston, New York Times, "A Disaster at Sea, Animated by 26 Hours of Black-Box Recordings," 1 May 2018 And many expect the reverberations from the Queens district attorney’s race to seep into Albany and the 2021 race for New York City mayor. New York Times, "Why Tiffany Cabán May Be More Significant to Progressives Than Ocasio-Cortez," 26 June 2019

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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