[ ri-vur-buh-rey-shuhn ]
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  1. a reechoed sound.

  2. the fact of being reverberated or reflected.

  1. something that is reverberated: Reverberations from the explosion were felt within a six-mile radius.

  2. an act or instance of reverberating.

  3. Physics. the persistence of a sound after its source has stopped, caused by multiple reflection of the sound within a closed space.

  4. 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

Words Nearby reverberation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reverberation in a sentence

  • A minute later the street door, four flights down, rang out in jarring reverberation.

    Molly Make-Believe | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • The air was calm, and the reverberation rolled far over the forest.

    The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • Just before dawn he was assisted in waking by the abnormal reverberation of familiar music.

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

    The Tragic Muse | Henry James
  • Suddenly a voice boomed at them, like an echo, more than the reverberation that the cave would give.

    The Jewels of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany