He had once told her he loved the reverberator as he had loved his first jack-knife.
"I'll come down on you somehow in the reverberator" he went on.
"Well, I don't know, after all—the reverberator came for nothing," her father as gaily returned.
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.