- to reecho or resound: Her singing reverberated through the house.
- Physics. to be reflected many times, as sound waves from the walls of a confined space.
- to rebound or recoil.
- to be deflected, as flame in a reverberatory furnace.
- to echo back or reecho (sound).
- to cast back or reflect (light, heat, etc.).
- to subject to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.
Origin of reverberate
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Examples from the Web for reverberate
The cartoons zing, whirr, and reverberate harmonically, making each entry a sort of duet.Well, La Ti Da: Stephin Merritt’s Winning Little Words of Scrabble
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The silhouettes seem to reverberate across the room, in a mildly hall-of-mirrors effect.Mapplethorpe’s Artistic Twin
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But the impact of the financial maneuvers that he made to save the company will reverberate for years.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
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Over the weekend this question started to reverberate throughout the media pundit class.Should Christie Resign from the Republican Governors Association?
January 21, 2014
This has often been referred to as the September 11 moment that will reverberate through the new Star Trek universe.‘Star Trek’ for Dummies: Get Ready for ‘Into Darkness’ With Our Primer
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You expect the harp to reverberate once again with the old fervors.Adventures in the Arts
My voice seemed to reverberate and re-echo as if I had shouted with all my strength.The Blue Germ
There are other calls than those which reverberate from yon peaks.The Forsaken Inn
Anna Katharine Green
Its walls, while echoing voices of lamentation, reverberate also the shouts of revenge.The Death Shot
All she could do, for the instant, was to reverberate foolishly Prodmores?The Two Magics
- (intr) to resound or re-echothe explosion reverberated through the castle
- to reflect or be reflected many times
- (intr) to rebound or recoil
- (intr) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
- (tr) to heat, melt, or refine (a metal or ore) in a reverberatory furnace
Word Origin and History for reverberate
1570s, "beat back, drive back, force back," from Latin reverberatus, past participle of reverberare "strike back, repel, cause to rebound" (see reverberation). Meaning "re-echo" is from 1590s. Earlier verb was reverberen (early 15c.). Related: Reverberated; reverberating.