- a repetition of sound produced by the reflection of sound waves from a wall, mountain, or other obstructing surface.
- a sound heard again near its source after being reflected.
- any repetition or close imitation, as of the ideas or opinions of another.
- a person who reflects or imitates another.
- a sympathetic or identical response, as to sentiments expressed.
- a lingering trace or effect.
- (initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a mountain nymph who pined away for love of the beautiful youth Narcissus until only her voice remained.
- Cards. the play of a high card and then a low card in the suit led by one's partner as a signal to continue leading the suit, as in bridge, or to lead a trump, as in whist.
- Electronics. the reflection of a radio wave, as in radar or the like.
- (initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of an early series of inflatable passive communications satellites.
- a word used in communications to represent the letter E.
- to emit an echo; resound with an echo: The hall echoed with cheers.
- to be repeated by or as by an echo: Shouts echoed through the street.
- to repeat by or as by an echo; emit an echo of: The hall echoes the faintest sounds.
- to repeat or imitate the words, sentiments, etc., of (a person).
- to repeat or imitate (words, sentiments, etc.).
Origin of echo
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Examples from the Web for echo
I hope I can be forgiven for finding this echo more than merely coincidental.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
Later in an Echo of Moscow interview Kadyrov said that the operation would be over in 20 minutes.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia
December 4, 2014
Does Venediktov have any hope that Echo of Moscow will survive this battle?
Echo has documented all the crises of the post-Perestroika era, wars, conflicts, scandals, and protests.
To the millions of Russians who listen to Echo both on the radio and online, the idea of life without Echo is unthinkable.
Too much that Tillie poured out to her found an echo in her own breast.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The effect of so strange an echo on David may better be imagined than described.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
And the echo of our laughter was as if the spirits laughed, behind our backs.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He was surprised to hear his question repeated, not as an echo, but by another.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The echo of his hidden thought made it easier for him to go on.The Incomplete Amorist
- the reflection of sound or other radiation by a reflecting medium, esp a solid object
- the sound so reflected
- a repetition or imitation, esp an unoriginal reproduction of another's opinions
- something that evokes memories, esp of a particular style or era
- (sometimes plural) an effect that continues after the original cause has disappeared; repercussionthe echoes of the French Revolution
- a person who copies another, esp one who obsequiously agrees with another's opinions
- the signal reflected by a radar target
- the trace produced by such a signal on a radar screen
- the repetition of certain sounds or syllables in a verse line
- the quiet repetition of a musical phrase
- Also called: echo organ, echo stop a manual or stop on an organ that controls a set of quiet pipes that give the illusion of sounding at a distance
- an electronic effect in recorded music that adds vibration or resonance
- to resound or cause to resound with an echothe cave echoed their shouts
- (intr) (of sounds) to repeat or resound by echoes; reverberate
- (tr) (of persons) to repeat (words, opinions, etc), in imitation, agreement, or flattery
- (tr) (of things) to resemble or imitate (another style, earlier model, etc)
- (tr) (of a computer) to display (a character) on the screen of a visual display unit as a response to receiving that character from a keyboard entry
- either of two US passive communications satellites, the first of which was launched in 1960
- Greek myth a nymph who, spurned by Narcissus, pined away until only her voice remained
- communications code word for the letter e
Word Origin and History for echo
mid-14c., from Latin echo, from Greek echo, personified as a mountain nymph, from or related to ekhe "sound," ekhein "to resound," from PIE root *swagh- "to resound" (cf. Sanskrit vagnuh "sound," Latin vagire "to cry," Old English swogan "to resound"). Related: Echoes.
1550s, from echo (n.). Related: Echoed; echoing.
- A repeated sound that is caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface. The sound is heard more than once because of the time difference between the initial production of the sound waves and their return from the reflecting surface.
- A wave that carries a signal and is reflected. Echoes of radio signals (carried by electromagnetic waves) are used in radar to detect the location or velocity of distant objects.