What does resonance mean?

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ˈrɛz ə nənsres·o·nance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resonancenoun

    an excited state of a stable particle causing a sharp maximum in the probability of absorption of electromagnetic radiation

  2. resonancenoun

    a vibration of large amplitude produced by a relatively small vibration near the same frequency of vibration as the natural frequency of the resonating system

  3. plangency, resonance, reverberance, ringing, sonorousness, sonority, vibrancynoun

    having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant

  4. rapport, resonancenoun

    a relationship of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people

  5. resonancenoun

    the quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities

GCIDE

  1. Resonancenoun

    (Physics) A phenomenon in which a vibration or other cyclic process (such as tide cycles) of large amplitude is produced by smaller impulses, when the frequency of the external impulses is close to that of the natural cycling frequency of the process in that system. The shattering of a glass object when impinged upon by sound of a certain frequency is one example of this phenomenon; another is the very large tides in certain basins such as that of the Bay of Fundy, which has a natural cycling frequency close to that of the tidal cycle.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rsonance, L. resonantia an echo.]

  2. Resonancenoun

    (Electronics) An electric phenomenon corresponding to that of acoustic resonance, due to the existance of certain relations of the capacity, inductance, resistance, and frequency of an alternating circuit; the tuning of a radio transmitter or receiver to send or detect waves of specific frequencies depends on this phenomenon.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rsonance, L. resonantia an echo.]

Wiktionary

  1. resonancenoun

    The condition of being resonant.

    Etymology: From resonance (French résonance), from resonantia, from resono.

  2. resonancenoun

    A resonant sound, echo

    Etymology: From resonance (French résonance), from resonantia, from resono.

  3. resonancenoun

    Something that evokes an association, or a strong emotion.

    Etymology: From resonance (French résonance), from resonantia, from resono.

  4. resonancenoun

    The increase in the amplitude of an oscillation of a system under the influence of a periodic force whose frequency is close to that of the system's natural frequency.

    Etymology: From resonance (French résonance), from resonantia, from resono.

  5. resonancenoun

    A short-lived subatomic particle that cannot be observed directly.

    Etymology: From resonance (French résonance), from resonantia, from resono.

  6. resonancenoun

    An increase in the strength or duration of a musical tone produced by sympathetic vibration.

    Etymology: From resonance (French résonance), from resonantia, from resono.

  7. resonancenoun

    The property of a compound that can be visualized as having two structures differing only in the distribution of electrons.

    Etymology: From resonance (French résonance), from resonantia, from resono.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Resonancenoun

    the act of resounding; the quality or state of being resonant

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rsonance, L. resonantia an echo.]

  2. Resonancenoun

    a prolongation or increase of any sound, either by reflection, as in a cavern or apartment the walls of which are not distant enough to return a distinct echo, or by the production of vibrations in other bodies, as a sounding-board, or the bodies of musical instruments

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rsonance, L. resonantia an echo.]

Freebase

  1. Resonance

    In physics, resonance is the tendency of a system to oscillate with greater amplitude at some frequencies than at others. Frequencies at which the response amplitude is a relative maximum are known as the system's resonant frequencies, or resonance frequencies. At these frequencies, even small periodic driving forces can produce large amplitude oscillations, because the system stores vibrational energy. Resonance occurs when a system is able to store and easily transfer energy between two or more different storage modes. However, there are some losses from cycle to cycle, called damping. When damping is small, the resonant frequency is approximately equal to the natural frequency of the system, which is a frequency of unforced vibrations. Some systems have multiple, distinct, resonant frequencies. Resonance phenomena occur with all types of vibrations or waves: there is mechanical resonance, acoustic resonance, electromagnetic resonance, nuclear magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance and resonance of quantum wave functions. Resonant systems can be used to generate vibrations of a specific frequency, or pick out specific frequencies from a complex vibration containing many frequencies.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Resonance

    rez′ō-nans, n. act of resounding: the returning of sound by reflection or by the production of vibrations in other bodies: the sound discovered by means of auscultation—also Res′onancy.—n. Res′onance-box, a chamber in a musical instrument for increasing its sonority.—adj. Res′onant, returning sound: vibrating.—adv. Res′onantly.—v.i. Res′onāte, to resound.—n. Resonā′tor, a vessel for the analysis of complex sounds. [L. resonāre, re-, back, sonāre, to sound.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of resonance in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of resonance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of resonance in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Namara:

    In 1994, Signe Mayfield said in The Palo Alto Cultural Center: "A more contained approach to the figure is seen in the lyrical drawing Bend, 1991, by Stephen Namara. In contrast to Neri's expressionistic forms, Namara has depicted the calisthenic stance of the figure in a pure, linear arabesque. An ambient, white light heightens the seductive beauty of the drawing. Its resonance comes from its capacity to act as both an abstract calligraph and Lyrical representation".

  2. Jesse Louis Jackson:

    If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart.

  3. Saul Bass:

    My initial thoughts about what a title can do was to set mood and the prime underlying core of the film's story, to express the story in some metaphorical way. I saw the title as a way of conditioning the audience, so that when the film actually began, viewers would already have an emotional resonance with it.

  4. Mark Chernoby:

    When you hit a bump in the road, if everything is just right, this suspension can set off that resonance, and what we started seeing is as soon as it got cold this past fall, early winter, we started seeing complaints.

  5. Vanda Felbab-Brown:

    Drugs have always had a particularly strong political resonance in the United States and has often been seen as sort of the most damaging, lethal, illegal economies.

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