- the state or quality of being resonant.
- the prolongation of sound by reflection; reverberation.
- amplification of the range of audibility of any source of speech sounds, especially of phonation, by various couplings of the cavities of the mouth, nose, sinuses, larynx, pharynx, and upper thorax, and, to some extent, by the skeletal structure of the head and upper chest.
- the distribution of amplitudes among interrelated cavities in the head, chest, and throat that are characteristic for a particular speech sound and relatively independent of variations in pitch.
- the state of a system in which an abnormally large vibration is produced in response to an external stimulus, occurring when the frequency of the stimulus is the same, or nearly the same, as the natural vibration frequency of the system.
- the vibration produced in such a state.
- a hadron with a very short lifetime, of the order of 10−23 sec.
- Electricity. that condition of a circuit with respect to a given frequency or the like in which the net reactance is zero and the current flow a maximum.
- Also called mesomerism. Chemistry. the condition exhibited by a molecule when the actual arrangement of its valence electrons is intermediate between two or more arrangements having nearly the same energy, and the positions of the atomic nuclei are identical.
- Medicine/Medical. (in percussing for diagnostic purposes) a sound produced when air is present.
Origin of resonance
Examples from the Web for resonance
Byrne's voice isn't a singer's voice—it doesn't have the resonance.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
And like many of the best songs, their resonance has only deepened with time.Schoolhouse Rock: A Trojan Horse of Knowledge and Power
September 6, 2014
The crucifixions may be disturbing to Western eyes because of their Biblical resonance.Islamic Extremists Now Crucifying People in Syria—and Tweeting Out the Pictures
April 30, 2014
It was only after they were completed that he realized the true scope of their resonance.Steve Mumford: The Artist Who Went to War
February 28, 2014
An addict could be prescribed Dilaudid with out the stigma and resonance that a drug like heroin carries with it.Legal, Regulated Heroin Could Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman
Valerie Vande Panne
February 18, 2014
Every resonance of his house was familiar to Mr Verloc, who was thoroughly domesticated.The Secret Agent
When the distance is too short for the reflecting sound to be heard, we have resonance.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
In this connection the topics of registers and resonance are often combined.The Psychology of Singing
David C. Taylor
The resonance of the mouth cavity is also of great importance.How it Works
Might, commented Frank, and then, What about that resonance coil?The Radio Detectives Under the Sea
A. Hyatt Verrill
- the condition or quality of being resonant
- sound produced by a body vibrating in sympathy with a neighbouring source of sound
- the condition of a body or system when it is subjected to a periodic disturbance of the same frequency as the natural frequency of the body or system. At this frequency the system displays an enhanced oscillation or vibration
- amplification of speech sounds by sympathetic vibration in the bone structure of the head and chest, resounding in the cavities of the nose, mouth, and pharynx
- electronics the condition of an electrical circuit when the frequency is such that the capacitive and inductive reactances are equal in magnitude. In a series circuit there is then maximum alternating current whilst in a parallel circuit there is minimum alternating current
- med the sound heard when percussing a hollow bodily structure, esp the chest or abdomen. Change in the quality of the sound often indicates an underlying disease or disorder
- chem the phenomenon in which the electronic structure of a molecule can be represented by two or more hypothetical structures involving single, double, and triple chemical bonds. The true structure is considered to be an average of these theoretical structures
- the condition of a system in which there is a sharp maximum probability for the absorption of electromagnetic radiation or capture of particles
- a type of elementary particle of extremely short lifetime. Resonances are regarded as excited states of more stable particles
- a highly transient atomic state formed during a collision process
Word Origin and History for resonance
mid-15c., in acoustics, "prolongation of sound by reverberation;" 1660s, "act of resonating;" from Middle French resonance (15c.), from Latin resonantia "echo," from resonare "to sound again" (see resound). Earlier in same sense was resonation (early 15c.).
- The sound produced by diagnostic percussion of the normal chest.
- Intensification of vocal tones during articulation, as by the air cavities of the mouth and nasal passages.
- Intensification and prolongation of sound produced by sympathetic vibration.
- The property of a compound having simultaneously the characteristics of two or more structural forms that differ only in the distribution of electrons.
- Oscillation induced in a physical system when it is affected by another system that is itself oscillating at the right frequency. For example, a swing will swing to greater heights if each consecutive push on it is timed to be in rhythm with the initial swing. Radios are tuned to pick up one radio frequency rather than another using a resonant circuit that resonates strongly with the incoming signal at only a narrow band of frequencies. The soundboards of musical instruments, contrastingly, are designed to resonate with a large range of frequencies produced by the instrument. See also harmonic motion.