• WordNet 3.6
    • n reverberation the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves "she could hear echoes of her own footsteps"
    • n reverberation a remote or indirect consequence of some action "his declaration had unforeseen repercussions","reverberations of the market crash were felt years later"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Reverberation The act of reverberating; especially, the act of reflecting light or heat, or reëchoing sound; as, the reverberation of rays from a mirror; the reverberation of rays from a mirror; the reverberation of voices; the reverberation of heat or flame in a furnace.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reverberation The act of reverberating, or of driving or turning back; particularly. the reflection of sound, light, or heat: now chiefly of sound.
    • n reverberation Resonance; sympathetic vibration.
    • n reverberation That which is reverberated; reverberated light, heat, or sound: now chiefly sound.
    • n reverberation The circulation of flame in a specially formed furnace, or its deflection toward the hearth of the furnace, as in the reverberatory furnace (which see, under furnace).
    • n reverberation In psychology, same as resonance, 5 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reverberation the reflection of sound, &c
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.”
  • James Fenton
    James Fenton
    “The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event, and the paucity of its reverberation.”
  • Arthur Koestler
    “The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
CF. F. réverbération,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—re-, back, verberāre, -ātum, to beat—verber, a lash.


In literature:

At times there were muffled reverberations of footfalls on the flooring overhead.
"The Stillwater Tragedy" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
The roaring and shouting reverberated in mighty echoes from the bare northern cliffs, but were subdued by the densely wooded southern shore.
"A Word Only A Word, Complete" by Georg Ebers
The thunder crashed, roared, reverberated, like the toppling of great edifices.
"The Cardinal's Snuff-Box" by Henry Harland
There was a clicking noise which reverberated through the empty room, as the other two entered by the front portal.
"The Voice on the Wire" by Eustace Hale Ball
We stood ready to count the astonishing clatter of reverberations.
"The Innocents Abroad, Part 2 of 6" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Next came more blackness and crash upon crash of such thunder that the earth shook as it reverberated from the mountain cliffs.
"She and Allan" by H. Rider Haggard
We could plainly see the smoke of battle about, Allatoona, and hear the faint reverberation of the cannon.
"The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Vol. II., Part 3" by William T. Sherman
There were din and stink and dust beneath a savage sun, shaken into reverberations by the scream of an engine's safety valve.
"King--of the Khyber Rifles" by Talbot Mundy
When the hollow reverberation died away among the cliffs, no sound disturbed the brooding silence.
"History of the Donner Party" by C.F. McGlashan
The sudden, reverberating tramp of the horse's feet betrayed that I was crossing a culvert.
"Over Prairie Trails" by Frederick Philip Grove

In poetry:

Hearest thou not the great world's mighty cry—
'Lo, here is work for men!'
The deep, reverberating years reply,
And answer back again."
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson
Shall hear your names in the Indian tongue;
And echoes, reverberate
The mellow tones of the songs once sung,
At the hunter's evening fete.
""Lo," The Departed" by Jared Barhite
Then all was still, and then the band,
With movement light and tricksy,
Made stream and forest, hill and strand,
Reverberate with "Dixie."
"Music In Camp" by John Reuben Thompson
'And the day has dawned and come
For forgiveness, when the past may hold it dumb
On the once reverberate words of hatred uttered
Half in delirium….
"The Obliterate Tomb" by Thomas Hardy
With hope alert, with fears subdued,
They brave the pathless solitude,
While ever and anon they hear
Reverberating in their ear — Lo, I am forever near.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell
Now coming to herself again,
She thinks she sees her long-lost swain,—
'Tis he! 'tis he! she cries: the same!
She call'd aloud upon his name.
Th' enchanted caves, the woods among,
Fill'd with the sound, reverberating rung.
"Kate Crazed" by Thomas Odiorne

In news:

Red-and-gold painted faced, balloons and red T-shirts were everywhere as loud cheers reverberated throughout the gymnasium of North Bergen High School last Friday at a pep rally celebrating the school's storybook football championship.
Artists such as David Salle, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Eric Fischl came to prominence during the 1980s and their influences still reverberate today.
Shoppers in Florence are hearing a perennially present jingle echoing across parking lots of more than a dozen retail and grocery store locations - the rhythmic reverberation of the bells of Salvation Army workers.
48 years since that horrible Friday when the news reverberated around the nation like a shock wave with the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas.
But the reverberations from that play may resonate a good deal longer.
Spring runways reverberated with a steady stream of hot pink, lime green, turquoise and tangerine, encouraging consumers to wake up their wardrobes.
A section view showing locations of speakers and microphones for a reverberation enhancement system.
Romantic is the notion of renovating a vintage movie palace, its walls reverberating with images of stars from the past and the voices of the greats.
An international team of researchers will begin gathering in the Indian Ocean next month to study how tropical weather brews there and then moves eastward along the equator with reverberating effects around the entire globe.
Shouts and chants reverberated throughout downtown Topeka Tuesday.
The Lancer 's build quality argument isn't helped when you crank up the Rockford Fosgate audio system and the trunk-mounted 10-inch subwoofer produces rattles and other unwanted noises that reverberate through various interior pieces.
Rivera's death is sure to reverberate through Latino pop culture.
Fiscal cliff tax increases would reverberate beyond US borders.
The drums of Africa will reverberate in the Community Theater of Morristown as part of the theater's celebration of Black History Month.
It's a scream that's still reverberating around the world.

In science:

For the statistical description of complex physical systems, such as, for example, atomic nucleus or acoustical reverberant structure, the RMT serves as guiding light when one is interested in the degree of mutual interaction of the constituents.
Analysis of Inter-Domain Traffic Correlations: Random Matrix Theory Approach
The majority of the objects in the reverberation sample were imaged with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) High Resolution Channel (HRC) through the F550M filter.
The Black Hole Mass-Bulge Luminosity Relationship for Active Galactic Nuclei from Reverberation Mapping and Hubble Space Telescope Imaging
For most of the reverberation-mapped objects, the HST images are sufficient for a full decomposition.
The Black Hole Mass-Bulge Luminosity Relationship for Active Galactic Nuclei from Reverberation Mapping and Hubble Space Telescope Imaging
All of the reverberation-based black hole masses have since been homogeneously analyzed and updated by Peterson et al. (2004), and PG 2130+099 which has an updated mass from the analysis of a new reverberation data set by Grier et al.
The Black Hole Mass-Bulge Luminosity Relationship for Active Galactic Nuclei from Reverberation Mapping and Hubble Space Telescope Imaging
F I G . 2 . — The MBH - Lbulge relationship for AGNs with reverberation-based masses and bulge luminosities from two-dimensional decompositions of HST host-galaxy images.
The Black Hole Mass-Bulge Luminosity Relationship for Active Galactic Nuclei from Reverberation Mapping and Hubble Space Telescope Imaging