- amplification of the range of audibility of any source of speech sounds, especially of phonation, by various couplings of the cavities of the mouth, nose, sinuses, larynx, pharynx, and upper thorax, and, to some extent, by the skeletal structure of the head and upper chest.
- the distribution of amplitudes among interrelated cavities in the head, chest, and throat that are characteristic for a particular speech sound and relatively independent of variations in pitch.
- the state of a system in which an abnormally large vibration is produced in response to an external stimulus, occurring when the frequency of the stimulus is the same, or nearly the same, as the natural vibration frequency of the system.
- the vibration produced in such a state.
- a hadron with a very short lifetime, of the order of 10−23 sec.
Origin of resonance
Examples from the Web for resonance
Contemporary Examples of resonance
Byrne's voice isn't a singer's voice—it doesn't have the resonance.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
And like many of the best songs, their resonance has only deepened with time.Schoolhouse Rock: A Trojan Horse of Knowledge and Power
September 6, 2014
The crucifixions may be disturbing to Western eyes because of their Biblical resonance.Islamic Extremists Now Crucifying People in Syria—and Tweeting Out the Pictures
April 30, 2014
It was only after they were completed that he realized the true scope of their resonance.Steve Mumford: The Artist Who Went to War
February 28, 2014
An addict could be prescribed Dilaudid with out the stigma and resonance that a drug like heroin carries with it.Legal, Regulated Heroin Could Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman
Valerie Vande Panne
February 18, 2014
Historical Examples of resonance
Every resonance of his house was familiar to Mr Verloc, who was thoroughly domesticated.The Secret Agent
When the distance is too short for the reflecting sound to be heard, we have resonance.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
In this connection the topics of registers and resonance are often combined.The Psychology of Singing
David C. Taylor
The resonance of the mouth cavity is also of great importance.How it Works
Might, commented Frank, and then, What about that resonance coil?The Radio Detectives Under the Sea
A. Hyatt Verrill
- the condition of a system in which there is a sharp maximum probability for the absorption of electromagnetic radiation or capture of particles
- a type of elementary particle of extremely short lifetime. Resonances are regarded as excited states of more stable particles
- a highly transient atomic state formed during a collision process
Word Origin for resonance
mid-15c., in acoustics, "prolongation of sound by reverberation;" 1660s, "act of resonating;" from Middle French resonance (15c.), from Latin resonantia "echo," from resonare "to sound again" (see resound). Earlier in same sense was resonation (early 15c.).