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reverberate

[verb ri-vur-buh-reyt; adjective ri-vur-ber-it] /verb rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪt; adjective rɪˈvɜr bər ɪt/
verb (used without object), reverberated, reverberating.
1.
to reecho or resound:
Her singing reverberated through the house.
2.
Physics. to be reflected many times, as sound waves from the walls of a confined space.
3.
to rebound or recoil.
4.
to be deflected, as flame in a reverberatory furnace.
verb (used with object), reverberated, reverberating.
5.
to echo back or reecho (sound).
6.
to cast back or reflect (light, heat, etc.).
7.
to subject to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.
adjective
Origin of reverberate
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50, reverberate is from the Latin word reverberātus (past participle of reverberāre to strike back). See reverberant, -ate1
Related forms
reverberative
[ri-vur-buh-rey-tiv, -ber-uh-] /rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪ tɪv, -bər ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
reverberator, noun
unreverberated, adjective
unreverberating, adjective
unreverberative, adjective
Synonyms
1. carry, ring, rebound, vibrate.
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Examples from the Web for reverberate
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  • You expect the harp to reverberate once again with the old fervors.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • My voice seemed to reverberate and re-echo as if I had shouted with all my strength.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • 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 Mayne Reid
  • All she could do, for the instant, was to reverberate foolishly Prodmores?

    The Two Magics Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for reverberate

reverberate

/rɪˈvɜːbəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to resound or re-echo: the explosion reverberated through the castle
2.
to reflect or be reflected many times
3.
(intransitive) to rebound or recoil
4.
(intransitive) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
5.
(transitive) to heat, melt, or refine (a metal or ore) in a reverberatory furnace
Derived Forms
reverberant, (rare) reverberative, adjective
reverberantly, adverb
reverberation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin reverberāre to strike back, from re- + verberāre to beat, from verber a lash
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Word Origin and History for reverberate
v.

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.

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