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  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.
  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).

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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Examples from the Web for resonantly

Historical Examples of resonantly

  • And when he spoke, slowly, resonantly, men fell back before his words.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • For an instant there was a jerkiness to the voice, and then it droned on resonantly again.

    The Weavers, Complete

    Gilbert Parker

  • The Canon knocked, and Hugh's voice said, clearly and resonantly, "Come in."


    Arthur Christopher Benson

  • The very sound of the ice, dully yet resonantly chinking, brought a suffocating sense of nostalgia.

  • Rybin said evenly and resonantly, making himself heard above all the other voices.


    Maksim Gorky

British Dictionary definitions for resonantly


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper