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 The reverberation, like an echo, affects the perception of how large the room is. Matthew J. Palm,, 27 Aug. 2021 Ambient sensing for the regenerative reverberation is provided by 20 Schoeps MK41 microphones with CMC6 preamps. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 July 2021 Cox has also been approached by a number of musicians who are eager to replicate the same precise reverberation in their recordings. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 June 2021 On the balcony, there is is the kind of reverberation that lends cathedrals their sense of awe. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 The installation is eerily silent, yet screaming with the reverberation of history. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The whir of the engine thrums, a constant reverberation felt in the teeth. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2021 The whir of the engine thrums, a constant reverberation felt in the teeth., 24 Apr. 2021 In the aftermath of Daunte Wright’s death, the NBA and MLB postponed Monday’s games in Minneapolis, and the reverberation of another police shooting was felt all the way to the West Coast. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2021

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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 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reverberation

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


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