[ rez-uh-nuhnt ]
/ ˈrɛz ə nənt /


resounding or echoing, as sounds: the resonant thundering of cannons being fired.
deep and full of resonance: a resonant voice.
pertaining to resonance.
producing resonance; causing amplification or sustention of sound.
pertaining to a system in a state of resonance, especially with respect to sound.


Phonetics. a vowel or a voiced consonant or semivowel that is neither a stop nor an affricate, as, in English, (m, ng, n, l, r, y, w).

Origin of resonant

1585–95; < Latin resonant- (stem of resonāns), present participle of resonāre to resound; see -ant
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Examples from the Web for non-resonant

  • As I walked across the non-resonant, carpeted stone floor I had the most curious set of sensations I have ever experienced.

British Dictionary definitions for non-resonant


/ (ˈrɛzənənt) /


(of sound) resounding or re-echoing
producing or enhancing resonance, as by sympathetic vibration
characterized by resonance
Derived Formsresonantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-resonant



1590s, from Latin resonantem (nominative resonans), present participle of resonare (see resonance).

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