re·​ver·​ber·​a·​tion ri-ˌvər-bə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce reverberation (audio)
: an act of reverberating : the state of being reverberated
: something that is reverberated
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Reverberation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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