What does reverberate mean?

Definitions for reverberaterɪˈvɜr bəˌreɪt; -bər ɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reverberate.

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

  8. Origin: [L. reverberatus, p. p. of reverberare to strike back, repel; pref. re- re- + verberare to lash, whip, beat, fr. verber a lash, whip, rod.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reverberate

    rē-vėr′bėr-āt, v.t. to send back, echo: to reflect: to drive from side to side: to fuse.—v.i. to echo: to resound: to bound back: to be repelled: to use heat, as in the fusion of metals.—v.t. Reverb′ (Shak.).—adj. Rever′berant, resounding, beating back.—n. Reverberā′tion, the reflection of sound, &c.—adj. Rever′berātive.—n. Rever′berātor.—adj. Rever′berātory.—Reverberatory furnace, a furnace in which the flame is reflected on the substance to be burned. [L.,—re-, back, verberāre, -ātum, to beat—verber, a lash.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reverberate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reverberate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Al Baker:

    Any rollback of liberal market access and Open Skies policies will reverberate across the whole world and will lead to retaliatory protectionism affecting all aspects of trade.

  2. Alexander Litvinenko:

    You may succeed in silencing me, but that silence comes at a price, you may succeed in silencing one man, but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr. Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    There are consequences to inaction. There are consequences to indifference, and they reverberate far beyond the walls of the projects, the borders of the barrier or the roads of the reservation. They sap us of our strength as a nation.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    The Americans who crossed this bridge, they were not physically imposing, but they gave courage to millions. They held no elected office, but they led a nation, what they did here will reverberate through the ages ... because they proved that nonviolent change is possible.

  5. Vincenzo Scarpetta:

    I think a Syriza victory would definitely reverberate around Europe, not least because you have similar parties emerging in other countries, around Europe you are seeing this type of grand coalition, and the example of Greece is quite clear. You have seen how much support for Pasok has decreased.

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