[ verb ri-vur-buh-reyt; adjective ri-vur-ber-it ]
/ verb rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪt; adjective rɪˈvɜr bər ɪt /

verb (used without object), re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing.

verb (used with object), re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing.


Nearby words

  1. revenue stamp,
  2. revenue tariff,
  3. revenuer,
  4. reverb,
  5. reverberant,
  6. reverberation,
  7. reverberation time,
  8. reverberator,
  9. reverberatory,
  10. reverberatory furnace

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

SYNONYMS FOR reverberate
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reverberator

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

    The Reverberator|Henry James
  • "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

British Dictionary definitions for reverberator


/ (rɪˈvɜːbəˌreɪtə) /


anything that produces or undergoes reverberation
another name for reverberatory furnace


/ (rɪˈvɜːbəˌreɪt) /


(intr) to resound or re-echothe explosion reverberated through the castle
to reflect or be reflected many times
(intr) to rebound or recoil
(intr) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
(tr) to heat, melt, or refine (a metal or ore) in a reverberatory furnace
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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