reverberation

[ri-vur-buh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
a reechoed sound.
2.
the fact of being reverberated or reflected.
3.
something that is reverberated: Reverberations from the explosion were felt within a six-mile radius.
4.
an act or instance of reverberating.
5.
Physics. the persistence of a sound after its source has stopped, caused by multiple reflection of the sound within a closed space.
6.
the act or process of subjecting something to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English reverberacioun < Medieval Latin reverberātiōn- (stem of reverberātiō). See reverberate, -ion

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reverberate (rɪˈvɜːbəˌreɪt)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to resound or re-echo: the explosion reverberated through the castle
2.  to reflect or be reflected many times
3.  (intr) to rebound or recoil
4.  (intr) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
5.  (tr) to heat, melt, or refine (a metal or ore) in a reverberatory furnace
 
[C16: from Latin reverberāre to strike back, from re- + verberāre to beat, from verber a lash]
 
re'verberant
 
adj
 
re'verberative
 
adj
 
re'verberantly
 
adv
 
reverber'ation
 
n

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reverberation
late 14c., "reflection of light or heat," from O.Fr. reverberation, from M.L. reverberationem (nom. reverberatio), from L. reverberatus, pp. of reverberare "beat back," from re- "back" + verberare "to beat," from verber "whip, lash, rod," related to verbena "leaves and branches of laurel," from PIE
*werb- "to turn, bend" (see warp). Sense of "echo" is attested from 1626. Shortened form reverb (n.) is attested from 1961.
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Example sentences
The culprit is reverberation, or the echoes that distort the waveform, not to
  mention from the recording equipment itself.
The violet had to serve as a link between these two strong flavors-as a
  reverberation of spring.
The reverberation of the legend merely grew from local to worldwide.
Reverberation and background noise often make it difficult for students to
  understand what the teacher is saying.
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