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reverberate

[v. ri-vur-buh-reyt; adj. ri-vur-ber-it] /v. rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪt; adj. rɪˈvɜr bər ɪt/
verb (used without object), reverberated, reverberating.
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.
verb (used with object), reverberated, reverberating.
5.
to echo back or reecho (sound).
6.
to cast back or reflect (light, heat, etc.).
7.
to subject to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.
adjective
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin reverberātus (past participle of reverberāre to strike back). See reverberant, -ate1
Related forms
reverberative
[ri-vur-buh-rey-tiv, -ber-uh-] /rɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪ tɪv, -bər ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
reverberator, noun
unreverberated, adjective
unreverberating, adjective
unreverberative, adjective
Synonyms
1. carry, ring, rebound, vibrate.
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Examples for reverberate
  • Tsunamis are so persistent that they can reverberate through an ocean for days, bouncing back and forth between continents.
  • The music is cranked, and squeals of delight reverberate-you might as well be at some über-cool underground lounge.
  • All it's going to do is reverberate around the office that so and so made a mistake and so and so is angry at them.
  • The results of their work reverberate deeply in the local culture as well as the regional ecosystem.
  • Written in the sixteenth century these lines reverberate in the context of twentieth century carnage.
  • Indeed, our actions reverberate throughout the global community.
  • Wretched conditions in a distant land not only stir our consciences but reverberate through our linked economies.
  • Suicides reverberate through close-knit communities and continue to affect survivors many years after the actual incident.
  • The direct and indirect impacts of housing development and rehabilitation reverberate throughout the nation.
  • These basin-edge induced waves in turn may reverberate within the basin.
British Dictionary definitions for reverberate

reverberate

/rɪˈvɜːbəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to resound or re-echo the explosion reverberated through the castle
2.
to reflect or be reflected many times
3.
(intransitive) to rebound or recoil
4.
(intransitive) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
5.
(transitive) to heat, melt, or refine (a metal or ore) in a reverberatory furnace
Derived Forms
reverberant, (rare) reverberative, adjective
reverberantly, adverb
reverberation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin reverberāre to strike back, from re- + verberāre to beat, from verber a lash
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