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reverberant

[ri-vur-ber-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. 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 formsre·ver·ber·ant·ly, adverbun·re·ver·ber·ant, adjective
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Examples from the Web for reverberant

Historical Examples

  • 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.


Word Origin and History for reverberant

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper