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[rez-uh-nuh nt] /ˈrɛz ə nənt/
resounding or echoing, as sounds:
the resonant thundering of cannons being fired.
deep and full of resonance:
a resonant voice.
pertaining to resonance.
producing resonance; causing amplification or sustention of sound.
pertaining to a system in a state of resonance, especially with respect to sound.
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 forms
resonantly, adverb
hyperresonant, adjective
hyperresonantly, adverb
nonresonant, adjective
nonresonantly, adverb
unresonant, adjective
unresonantly, adverb
2. rich, vibrant, sonorant, reverberant. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for resonantly
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  • The Canon knocked, and Hugh's voice said, clearly and resonantly, "Come in."

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

    The Weavers, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • And when he spoke, slowly, resonantly, men fell back before his words.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • He spoke without haste, resonantly, and clearly; but the mother was unable to listen to his speech.

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

    Mother Maksim Gorky
  • For a moment let us look into this so seeming-piteous a one of ours, on which soon the iron curtain is resonantly to fall.

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

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The sun had risen, the bells were ringing riotously, resonantly in the clear, cold air.

  • These words still roll down the tide of American history as resonantly as when they were spoken.

  • He drew a deep breath which visibly swelled his great chest and sang out, resonantly, "Promenade to your places!"

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
British Dictionary definitions for resonantly


(of sound) resounding or re-echoing
producing or enhancing resonance, as by sympathetic vibration
characterized by resonance
Derived Forms
resonantly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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