- 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 of reverberate; from Classical Latin reverberatus, past participle of reverberare, to beat back, repel ; from re-, again + 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: said as of an event or action [a governmental decision reverberating throughout the entire economy]
verbre·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing, re·ver·ber·ates
- To resound in a succession of echoes; reecho: Thunder reverberated in the mountains. See Synonyms at echo.
- To be filled with loud or echoing sound: The theater reverberated with the speaker's voice.
- 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 reecho (a sound).
- To reflect (heat or light) repeatedly.
- To subject (a metal, for example) to treatment in a reverberatory furnace.
Origin of reverberateLatin reverberare, reverberat-, to repel : re-, re- + verberare, to beat (from verber, whip; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present reverberates, present participle reverberating, simple past and past participle reverberated)
- (intransitive) to ring with many echos
- (intransitive) to have a lasting effect
- (intransitive) to repeatedly return
- To return or send back; to repel or drive back; to echo, as sound; to reflect, as light, as light or heat.
- To send or force back; to repel from side to side.
- Flame is reverberated in a furnace.
- To fuse by reverberated heat.
- (intransitive) to rebound or recoil
- (intransitive) to shine or reflect (from a surface, etc.)
(comparative more reverberate, superlative most reverberate)
- Driven back, as sound; reflected.
- From Latin verbero (“to beat").