AskDefine | Define reverberate

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1 ring or echo with sound; "the hall resounded with laughter" [syn: resound, echo, ring]
2 have a long or continuing effect; "The discussions with my teacher reverberated throughout my adult life"
3 be reflected as heat, sound, or light or shock waves; "the waves reverberate as far away as the end of the building"
4 to throw or bend back or reflect (from a surface); "A mirror in the sun can reflect light into a person's eyes"; "Sound is reflected well in this auditorium" [syn: reflect]
5 spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide" [syn: bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, ricochet]
6 treat, process, heatl, metl, or refine in a reverberating furnace; "reverberate ore"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. to ring with many echos
  2. to have a lasting effect
  3. to repeatedly return
  4. to rebound or recoil


Reverberated and reverberates tie for the longest words (at 12 letters) that are traditionally typed purely with the left hand on a QWERTY keyboard. It is tied with other 12-letter, left-hand-only words such as desegregated, desegregates, and stewardesses.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acknowledge, answer, answer back, be reflected, be sent back, boom, bounce back, come again, come back, come back at, come up again, echo, echo back, flash back, give acknowledgment, give answer, go back, keep coming, react, reappear, rebound, recur, reecho, rejoin, reoccur, repeat, reply, resound, respond, resume, retort, return, return answer, return for answer, revert, riposte, roll, rumble, say, say in reply, send back, shoot back, sound, talk back
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