Definitions for reverberaterɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪt; -bər ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•ver•ber•aterɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪt; -bər ɪt(v.; adj.)-at•ed, -at•ing

  1. (v.i.)to reecho or resound:

    Her singing reverberated through the house.

  2. to be reflected many times, as sound waves from the walls of a confined space.

    Category: Physics

  3. to rebound or recoil.

  4. to be deflected, as flame in a reverberatory furnace.

    Category: Energy, Metallurgy

  5. to have a lingering effect or impact:

    The layoffs reverberated throughout the company.

  6. (v.t.)to reecho (sound).

  7. to cast back or reflect (light, heat, etc.).

  8. to subject to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.

    Category: Energy, Metallurgy

  9. (adj.)reverberant.

Origin of reverberate:

1540–50; < L reverberātus, ptp. of reverberāre to strike back, repel =re-re - +verberāre to beat, lash, der. of verber whip; see -ate1

re•ver′ber•a`tive-bəˌreɪ tɪv, -bər ə-(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. resound, echo, ring, reverberate(verb)

    ring or echo with sound

    "the hall resounded with laughter"

  2. reverberate(verb)

    have a long or continuing effect

    "The discussions with my teacher reverberated throughout my adult life"

  3. reverberate(verb)

    be reflected as heat, sound, or light or shock waves

    "the waves reverberate as far away as the end of the building"

  4. reflect, reverberate(verb)

    to throw or bend back (from a surface)

    "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium"

  5. bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet(verb)

    spring back; spring away from an impact

    "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"

  6. reverberate(verb)

    treat, process, heat, melt, or refine in a reverberatory furnace

    "reverberate ore"


  1. reverberate(Verb)

    to ring with many echos

  2. reverberate(Verb)

    to have a lasting effect

  3. reverberate(Verb)

    to repeatedly return

  4. reverberate(Verb)

    to rebound or recoil

  5. reverberate(Verb)

    to shine or reflect (from a surface, etc.)

  6. reverberate(Verb)

    to shine or glow (on something) with reflected light

  7. Origin: * From verbero.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reverberate(adj)


  2. Reverberate(adj)

    driven back, as sound; reflected

  3. Reverberate(verb)

    to return or send back; to repel or drive back; to echo, as sound; to reflect, as light, as light or heat

  4. Reverberate(verb)

    to send or force back; to repel from side to side; as, flame is reverberated in a furnace

  5. Reverberate(verb)

    hence, to fuse by reverberated heat

  6. Reverberate(verb)

    to resound; to echo

  7. Reverberate(verb)

    to be driven back; to be reflected or repelled, as rays of light; to be echoed, as sound

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