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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 from the web for reverberating
  • It was a sombre snowy afternoon, and the gas-lamps were lit in the big reverberating station.
  • Or maybe a kind of reverberating electrical circuit.
  • Personally, it resonated with a reverberating roar in my heart.
  • The constant sound of gunfire is reverberating throughout the venue.
  • The sound of gunfire is still reverberating in my head.
  • With persistence and some creative treatments, the thunder in the sky will stop reverberating through the dog.
  • But it doesn't come close to capturing the reverberating thunder that can make arena rock so viscerally exciting.
  • The only noise you hear is that of your heels reverberating on stone.
  • Through the quiet dawn in the rosy light, an eerie croak is reverberating from the distance.
  • Part memoir, part dream, it crosses the reverberating line between past and present.
British Dictionary definitions for reverberating

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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Word Origin and History for reverberating

reverberate

v.

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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