- anything that resonates.
- an appliance for increasing sound by resonance.
- an instrument for detecting the presence of a particular frequency by means of resonance.
- a hollow enclosure (cavity resonator) made of conducting material of such dimensions that electromagnetic radiation of a certain frequency will resonate.
- any circuit having this frequency characteristic.
Origin of resonator
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Examples from the Web for resonator
The throat, mouth, and the nasal and head cavities for a resonator.
Mouth, theory of its function, 1;a resonator for the voice, 6.
Without a resonator, which may be solid or hollow, the sound made by a reed or tense string is feeble.Voice Production in Singing and Speaking
The toad does not open its mouth when croaking, but expands a large sac or resonator in its throat.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
To the chest as a resonator the low tones of the voice owe much of their great volume.The Voice
Frank E. Miller
- any body or system that displays resonance, esp a tuned electrical circuit or a conducting cavity in which microwaves are generated by a resonant current
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Word Origin and History for resonator
instrument or chamber formed to respond to a single tone, 1869, agent noun in Latin form from resonate (v.).
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