[ri-vur-buh-rey-shuh n]


a reechoed sound.
the fact of being reverberated or reflected.
something that is reverberated: Reverberations from the explosion were felt within a six-mile radius.
an act or instance of reverberating.
Physics. the persistence of a sound after its source has stopped, caused by multiple reflection of the sound within a closed space.
the act or process of subjecting something to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.

Origin of reverberation

1350–1400; Middle English reverberacioun < Medieval Latin reverberātiōn- (stem of reverberātiō). See reverberate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reverberation

Historical Examples of reverberation

  • They were like the reverberation of some far-off tutored circle.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • I tell you what it is, Pugh, what I hear is the reverberation of some machinery.

  • This reference to the "mewel" was only a reverberation of the town talk as Lin had predicted.

  • Meanwhile there was no reverberation from Seymour Street—only a sultry silence.

    The Marriages

    Henry James

  • The reverberation of his footsteps vibrated through his brain.

Word Origin and History for reverberation

late 14c., "reflection of light or heat," from Old French reverberacion "great flash of light; intense quality," from Medieval Latin reverberationem (nominative reverberatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin reverberare "beat back, strike back, repel, cause to rebound," from re- "back" (see re-) + verberare "to strike, to beat," from verber "whip, lash, rod," related to verbena "leaves and branches of laurel," from PIE *werb- "to turn, bend" (see warp (v.)). Sense of "an echo" is attested from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper