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resonant

[rez-uh-nuhnt]
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adjective
  1. resounding or echoing, as sounds: the resonant thundering of cannons being fired.
  2. deep and full of resonance: a resonant voice.
  3. pertaining to resonance.
  4. producing resonance; causing amplification or sustention of sound.
  5. pertaining to a system in a state of resonance, especially with respect to sound.
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noun
  1. 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).
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Origin of resonant

1585–95; < Latin resonant- (stem of resonāns), present participle of resonāre to resound; see -ant
Related formsres·o·nant·ly, adverbhy·per·res·o·nant, adjectivehy·per·res·o·nant·ly, adverbnon·res·o·nant, adjectivenon·res·o·nant·ly, adverbun·res·o·nant, adjectiveun·res·o·nant·ly, adverb

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Related Words

thrillingringingprofoundrichmellowsonorousbeatingconsonantdeepearsplittingfullloudnoisyorotundpowerfulroundstentorianstridentthunderousbooming

Examples from the Web for resonant

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  • The sound of the gong, seconded by the electrifying and resonant "Aboard!"

  • Thayer broke the silence which followed, and his accent was resonant again.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • These were the glory of her countenance, these and her resonant black hair.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • Look at their beloved bellies, so smooth, so elastic, so resonant!

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • "It shall be heard, then," said a voice: a voice inexplicable; resonant; divine.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter


British Dictionary definitions for resonant

resonant

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

adj.

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

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