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[ri-vur-ber-uh nt] /rɪˈvɜr bər ənt/
reverberating; reechoing:
the reverberant booms of cannon.
Origin of reverberant
1565-75; < Latin reverberant- (stem of reverberāns), present participle of reverberāre, equivalent to re- re- + verber(āre) to beat, lash (derivative of verber whip) + -ant- -ant
Related forms
reverberantly, adverb
unreverberant, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The air was reverberant, sounds could be heard to a great distance.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men

    Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
  • From above, the roar of the pines came to them, reverberant and melancholy.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • How was it that he had heard no summons of the golden and reverberant hour?

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair
  • So still was the crowd, and so reverberant the air, that they could hear the man's footsteps on the stony hillside.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine
  • His voice sounds so reverberant because it issues from the gloomy cistern in which he is held a captive.

  • And then the chime rang, with a metallic, sharp click and then a long and reverberant clanging.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • I could hear no calls or cries—only the sound of the waves, made weirdly hollow and reverberant by the fog.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • In which event you'll put that reverberant drunkard in the far-corner room, with Andy next.'

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • And she did laugh loudly, with a clear, sweet, reverberant ring that echoed through the little valley.

    Hope Hathaway Frances Parker
  • "Thirty-two years," corrected Wedderburn in his voice of most reverberant certitude.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
Word Origin and History for reverberant

1570s, from French réverbérant or directly from Latin reverberantem (nominative reverberans), present participle of reverberare (see reverberation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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