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[ri-vur-buh-rey-shuh n] /rɪˌvɜr bəˈreɪ ʃən/
a reechoed sound.
the fact of being reverberated or reflected.
something that is reverberated:
Reverberations from the explosion were felt within a six-mile radius.
an act or instance of reverberating.
Physics. the persistence of a sound after its source has stopped, caused by multiple reflection of the sound within a closed space.
the act or process of subjecting something to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.
1350-1400; Middle English reverberacioun < Medieval Latin reverberātiōn- (stem of reverberātiō). See reverberate, -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for reverberations
  • reverberations from this meeting are still felt to this day.
  • reverberations from the event rippled across the fast-food industry.
  • We're also seeing the reverberations of this crisis with the rise in foreclosures.
  • Still, he believes the ultimate reverberations from his research are simply not foreseeable.
  • Continuing in the same vein, one also needs to consider the potential reverberations of the computer.
  • The numerical calculations produce cavity reverberations that are strongest along the axis of the source offset.
  • His poetry explores our connectedness with the natural world and its reverberations in the emotions of our usual lives.
  • reverberations continue when the higher prices are translated into higher food prices at the consumer level.
Word Origin and History for reverberations



late 14c., "reflection of light or heat," from Old French reverberacion "great flash of light; intense quality," from Medieval Latin reverberationem (nominative reverberatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin reverberare "beat back, strike back, repel, cause to rebound," from re- "back" (see re-) + verberare "to strike, to beat," from verber "whip, lash, rod," related to verbena "leaves and branches of laurel," from PIE *werb- "to turn, bend" (see warp (v.)). Sense of "an echo" is attested from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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