- An example of resonance is old pictures that have emotional attachments.
- An example of resonance is the deep voice of a choir singer.
Resonance is being able to evoke emotions or the condition of being full and deep in character.
- the quality or state of being resonant
- reinforcement and prolongation of a sound or musical tone by reflection or by sympathetic vibration of other bodies
- the quality of having an intensity of emotion or richness of expression that evokes or reinforces a sympathetic response
- an underlying or pervasive quality of a particular type, esp. in a work of art or literature: an apocalyptic resonance
- Chem. the property of certain molecules of having two or more structures in which only the positions of electrons differ: these structures are approximations of the true structure, which cannot be described graphically, but is best represented by a mathematical expression
- Elec. a condition arising in an electric circuit in which
- the current or voltage flow is at maximum amplitude, produced when the frequency of the electrical source is varied, or
- the current or voltage is in phase respectively with the applied current or voltage, or
- the natural frequency of the circuit is the same as that of the incoming signal
- Med. the sound produced in the percussion of some part of the body, esp. of the chest
- the effect produced when the amplitude of oscillation of a body is greatly increased by a periodic force at the same or nearly the same frequency
- a vibration caused by this phenomenon
- Phonet. the intensification of, and particular quality given to, a speech sound, resulting from its vibrating in a resonating cavity, as the pharynx, the mouth, or the nose, or a combination of these
Origin of resonanceLate Middle English resonnaunce ; from Middle French resonance ; from Classical Latin resonantia, an echo
- a. Intensification and prolongation of sound, especially of a musical tone, produced by sympathetic vibration.b. Intensification of vocal tones during articulation, as by the air cavities of the mouth and nasal passages.c. Medicine The sound produced by diagnostic percussion of the normal chest.
- Richness or significance, especially in evoking an association or strong emotion: “Israel, gateway to Mecca, is of course a land of religious resonance and geopolitical significance” (James Wolcott).
- Physics The increase in amplitude of oscillation of an electric or mechanical system exposed to a periodic force whose frequency is equal or very close to the natural undamped frequency of the system.
- Physics A subatomic particle having too short a lifetime to be observed directly and whose existence is inferred from a peak in the energy distribution of its decay products.
- Chemistry The property of a compound having simultaneously the characteristics of two or more structural forms that differ only in the distribution of electrons. Such compounds are highly stable and cannot be properly represented by a single structural formula.
(countable and uncountable, plural resonances)
- The condition of being resonant.
- A resonant sound, echo
- (figuratively) Something that evokes an association, or a strong emotion.
- (physics) 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.
- (nuclear physics) A short-lived subatomic particle that cannot be observed directly.
- An increase in the strength or duration of a musical tone produced by sympathetic vibration.
- (chemistry) The property of a compound that can be visualized as having two structures differing only in the distribution of electrons.
From Old French resonance (French rÃ©sonance), from Latin resonantia (“echo"), from resonÅ (“I resound").