reverberation

noun

re·​ver·​ber·​a·​tion ri-ˌvər-bə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce reverberation (audio)
1
: an act of reverberating : the state of being reverberated
2
a
: something that is reverberated
b
: an effect or impact that resembles an echo

Example Sentences

the reverberations of her voice Although the room was very big, her voice could be heard with little reverberation.
Recent Examples on the Web For this music meant for theater, and thus verbal intelligibility, the Meyerson’s adjustable acoustics should have been dialed down for less reverberation. Dallas News, 3 Oct. 2022 Giant Renaissance churches like Saint Mark's basilica , both in Venice, have way too long of a reverberation time for those tunes to sound good. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2011 In the past, acousticians relied primarily on what was easiest to measure—things like frequencies and reverberation times. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2022 Following the rollout of background noise supression in late 2020, Teams is now getting echo cancellation and reverberation suppression. Mark Knapp, PCMAG, 13 June 2022 This requiem creates a sacred space without words, using layer upon layer of reverberation and delay to build an infinitely large cathedral around the music. New York Times, 9 June 2022 In this case, the acoustics of Symphony Hall, with its almost ideal reverberation times, became the secret ingredient of the BSO’s unforced elegance. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 The goal was not some clandestine reupholstering but rather to discover the first modern scientific formula for calculating reverberation. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 But more than a high-fashion reverberation, the see-through shirt speaks to a personal willingness, even a desire, to show off one’s physique. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 2 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Reverberation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverberation. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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