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[ri-vur-ber-uh nt] /rɪˈvɜr bər ənt/
reverberating; reechoing:
the reverberant booms of cannon.
Origin of reverberant
1565-75; < Latin reverberant- (stem of reverberāns), present participle of reverberāre, equivalent to re- re- + verber(āre) to beat, lash (derivative of verber whip) + -ant- -ant
Related forms
reverberantly, adverb
unreverberant, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His voice sounds so reverberant because it issues from the gloomy cistern in which he is held a captive.

  • From above, the roar of the pines came to them, reverberant and melancholy.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • I could hear no calls or cries—only the sound of the waves, made weirdly hollow and reverberant by the fog.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • The sound, deep and reverberant, should have reached every ear within, however inattentive.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • How was it that he had heard no summons of the golden and reverberant hour?

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • And she did laugh loudly, with a clear, sweet, reverberant ring that echoed through the little valley.

    Hope Hathaway Frances Parker
  • And then the chime rang, with a metallic, sharp click and then a long and reverberant clanging.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • Then he moved to the front of the altar and dropped it again, but now the note was hollow and reverberant.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • So still was the crowd, and so reverberant the air, that they could hear the man's footsteps on the stony hillside.

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • Across the years he heard again the reverberant thunder of that long falling.

    The Messenger Elizabeth Robins
Word Origin and History for reverberant

1570s, from French réverbérant or directly from Latin reverberantem (nominative reverberans), present participle of reverberare (see reverberation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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