re·ver·ber·a·tion | \ ri-ˌvər-bə-ˈrā-shən \

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 reverberations will probably vary by individual, Aten said. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "The Thai soccer team is out of the cave. But the road to recovery is just beginning.," 10 July 2018 Love her because doing so fills you with aliveness and abundance and the reverberations of the universe. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: How can I help someone who's scared to fall in love?," 9 July 2018 The reverberations from the arrests in the 8-year-old's death were immediate. Annie Gowen,, "8-year-old girl's gang rape and murder triggers new outrage over India's rape culture," 19 Apr. 2018 Snow Rest For The Weary Martha gunned the plow in reverse, letting the engine roar then subside to a dull reverberation that echoed across the pure white landscape shrouding her New York estate. Sarah Solomon, Town & Country, "10 Short Stories Inspired by Martha Stewart's Social Media Genius," 4 May 2017 In early 2016, while working as Donald Trump's top campaign lawyer, Donald McGahn came up with a novel idea whose reverberations are still being felt. Joel Achenbach,, "A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court," 8 July 2018 The political reverberations from the separations could last well beyond the midterms. CBS News, "Border separations ripple through midterm campaigns," 19 June 2018 The reverberations from the arrests in the 8-year-old’s death were immediate. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "An 8-year-old girl’s gang rape and murder trigger new outrage over India’s rape culture," 19 Apr. 2018 In 2010, of course, Mr. Christie famously canceled a project for a new Hudson River tunnel, citing cost overruns, a decision whose reverberations continue to be felt by New Jersey’s beleaguered commuters. New York Times, "From (Crumbling) Airport to (Broken) Escalators: An Infrastructure Odyssey," 8 Feb. 2018

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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

: a sound that echoes

: an effect or result that is not wanted

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