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/ ˈrɛz ə nəns /


Origin of resonance

1485–95; < Middle French < Latin resonantia echo, equivalent to reson(āre) to resound + -antia -ance


hy·per·res·o·nance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for resonance

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Word Origin for resonance

C16: from Latin resonāre to resound
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Medical definitions for resonance

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The sound produced by diagnostic percussion of the normal chest.
Intensification of vocal tones during articulation, as by the air cavities of the mouth and nasal passages.
Intensification and prolongation of sound produced by sympathetic vibration.
The property of a compound having simultaneously the characteristics of two or more structural forms that differ only in the distribution of electrons.
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Scientific definitions for resonance

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Oscillation induced in a physical system when it is affected by another system that is itself oscillating at the right frequency. For example, a swing will swing to greater heights if each consecutive push on it is timed to be in rhythm with the initial swing. Radios are tuned to pick up one radio frequency rather than another using a resonant circuit that resonates strongly with the incoming signal at only a narrow band of frequencies. The soundboards of musical instruments, contrastingly, are designed to resonate with a large range of frequencies produced by the instrument. See also harmonic motion.
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