- 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
Related formshy·per·res·o·nance, noun
Examples from the Web for resonance
Byrne's voice isn't a singer's voice—it doesn't have the resonance.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession|Pauline Kael|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And like many of the best songs, their resonance has only deepened with time.Schoolhouse Rock: A Trojan Horse of Knowledge and Power|Jason Lynch|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jacob Siegel|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was only after they were completed that he realized the true scope of their resonance.
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|DAILY BEAST
Used like soft pine, but also employed as resonance wood in musical instruments and preferred for paper pulp.Seasoning of Wood|Joseph B. Wagner
Her voice was without softness or resonance, but it was not nasal—a voice admirably suited, one would think, for calling cows.The Faith Doctor|Edward Eggleston
Without the furrow in the tongue, no tone is perfect in its resonance, none can make full use of it.How to Sing|Lilli Lehmann
Her voice was sweet but without strength or resonance, and she took no ardent pleasure in using it.West Of The Sun|Edgar Pangborn
Even at the Stone Age the rude implements and the materials must have been mostly devoid of resonance.The Holy Earth|L. H. Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for resonance
- 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