- To reverberate is defined as to continue to sound, such as in a series of echoes.
- An example of to reverberate is when you hear the same sound continuing to echo.
- An example of to reverberate is a repercussion, when one decision causes many different situations.
- to cause (a sound) to reecho
- to reflect (light, etc.)
- to deflect (heat, flame, etc.), as in a reverberatory furnace
- to subject to treatment in a reverberatory furnace or the like
Origin: from Classical Latin reverberatus, past participle of reverberare, to beat back, repel from re-, again plush verberare, to beat from verber, a lash, whip, akin to verbena
- to reecho or resound
- to be reflected, as light or sound waves
- to be deflected, as heat or flame in a reverberatory furnace
- to recoil; rebound
- to have repercussions, as an event or action [a governmental decision reverberating throughout the entire economy]
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verb re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing, re·ver·ber·ates verb, intransitive
- To resound in a succession of echoes; reecho.
- To have a prolonged or continuing effect: Those talks with his teacher reverberated throughout his life.
- To be repeatedly reflected, as sound waves, heat, or light.
- To be forced or driven back; recoil or rebound.
- To reecho (a sound). See Synonyms at echo.
- To reflect (heat or light) repeatedly.
- To drive or force back; repel.
- To subject (a metal, for example) to treatment in a reverberatory furnace.
Origin: Latin reverberāre, reverberāt-, to repel : re-, re- + verberāre, to beat (from verber, whip; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots).
- re·verˈber·a·tor noun