[ 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).

Nearby words

  1. resolved,
  2. resolvent,
  3. resolving power,
  4. resonance,
  5. resonance radiation,
  6. resonant cavity,
  7. resonant circuit,
  8. resonant-jet engine,
  9. resonantly,
  10. resonate

Origin of resonant

1585–95; < Latin resonant- (stem of resonāns), present participle of resonāre to resound; see -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 resonant



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

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