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[verb ri-vur-buh-reyt; adjective ri-vur-ber-it]
verb (used without object), re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing.
  1. to reecho or resound: Her singing reverberated through the house.
  2. Physics. to be reflected many times, as sound waves from the walls of a confined space.
  3. to rebound or recoil.
  4. to be deflected, as flame in a reverberatory furnace.
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verb (used with object), re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing.
  1. to echo back or reecho (sound).
  2. to cast back or reflect (light, heat, etc.).
  3. to subject to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.
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  1. reverberant.
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Origin of reverberate

First recorded in 1540–50, reverberate is from the Latin word reverberātus (past participle of reverberāre to strike back). See reverberant, -ate1
Related formsre·ver·ber·a·tive [ri-vur-buh-rey-tiv, -ber-uh-] /rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪ tɪv, -bər ə-/, adjectivere·ver·ber·a·tor, nounun·re·ver·ber·at·ed, adjectiveun·re·ver·ber·at·ing, adjectiveun·re·ver·ber·a·tive, adjective

Synonyms for reverberate

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Historical Examples of reverberator

  • "I'll come down on you somehow in the Reverberator" he went on.

    The Reverberator

    Henry James

  • He had once told her he loved the Reverberator as he had loved his first jack-knife.

    The Reverberator

    Henry James

  • "Well, I don't know, after all—the Reverberator came for nothing," her father as gaily returned.

    The Reverberator

    Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for reverberator


  1. anything that produces or undergoes reverberation
  2. another name for reverberatory furnace
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  1. (intr) to resound or re-echothe explosion reverberated through the castle
  2. to reflect or be reflected many times
  3. (intr) to rebound or recoil
  4. (intr) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
  5. (tr) to heat, melt, or refine (a metal or ore) in a reverberatory furnace
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Derived Formsreverberant or rare reverberative, adjectivereverberantly, adverbreverberation, noun

Word Origin for reverberate

C16: from Latin reverberāre to strike back, from re- + verberāre to beat, from verber a lash
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Word Origin and History for reverberator



1570s, "beat back, drive back, force back," from Latin reverberatus, past participle of reverberare "strike back, repel, cause to rebound" (see reverberation). Meaning "re-echo" is from 1590s. Earlier verb was reverberen (early 15c.). Related: Reverberated; reverberating.

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