Definition of resonance in English:

resonance

noun

  • 1The quality in a sound of being deep, full, and reverberating.

    ‘the resonance of his voice’
    • ‘She said that each theatre person can find their own truth in spoken language and they can work on their voices to improve their resonance.’
    • ‘His own voice has matured well, developing resonance and combining the power of his younger years with the savvy he displayed in his white-soul days.’
    • ‘It's a virtuoso performance full of muted notes, plucked resonance, bristling clusters, elliptical melodies, rolled chords and tremolos.’
    • ‘I envy guys who are comfortable in their own voices and who speak with deep resonance.’
    • ‘The deep resonance of the opening logo in each episode always brings a smile!’
    • ‘The deep resonance of his voice brings out both the wisdom and intimacy of his poems.’
    • ‘From the first few moments, however, the performance took on the feeling of a ceremony with the deep resonance of the cello in the sanctuary and the player's eloquent artistry.’
    • ‘Now that is a voice. A truly great voice, with resonance, musicality and beauty.’
    • ‘How can you get resonance in voices trained solely for the mike?’
    • ‘They each have their own uniquely beautiful voice, yet together they are superb, adding extra resonance to scenes which almost every member of the audience can probably relate to in some way.’
    • ‘He'd much rather surround the listener with sound than attack with it, and with Levitate he's created another song cycle of unmatched beauty and resonance.’
    • ‘This creates a homogenous quality to the pieces, as does the particular resonance of the instrument.’
    • ‘In business presentations, voice, particularly its pitch and resonance, can have a small but important impact on the way information given by a speaker is received.’
    • ‘Fifty-five-gallon oil drums are cut to various depths that determine pitch and resonance of high tenors to deep bass.’
    • ‘However, on ‘Vlu’ an almost dainty melody twitters while that basso profondo voice adds a resonance that pours out of the speakers like thick treacle.’
    reverberation, resonance, resounding
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    1. 1.1The power to evoke enduring images, memories, and emotions.
      ‘the concepts lose their emotional resonance’
      • ‘Harry's personal conflicts become the central focus, and the emotional resonance is sufficient to power the film.’
      • ‘Of course, his films were also movies with complicated characters, a distinctive milieu, and emotional resonance.’
      • ‘The fourth crucial technique of his allegory is the use of myth to orient events, to give resonance to images, places, persons.’
      • ‘Instead of the usual light-hearted romp, this performance found power and emotional resonance in the music.’
      • ‘Beyond the coolness, however, each action scene has a purpose and emotional resonance to it.’
      • ‘Love must have the power to haunt to provide emotional resonance.’
      • ‘Certainly, any play critiquing class structure gains resonance during the Depression.’
      • ‘The books did not find any resonance, and not one review appeared.’
      • ‘It's visual inventiveness and emotional resonance are second to none.’
      • ‘They are completely unaware of who this monument celebrates or what its significance is; yet the image's resonance is not lost on its audience.’
      • ‘Do the words " opium of the masses " carry any resonance for you?’
      • ‘The story of Lucille is vapid and uninteresting in comparison, for it lacks any emotional or societal resonance.’
      • ‘Baseball may not quite be America's favorite sport anymore, but it still has plenty of emotional resonance.’
      • ‘As always, theatre acquires an extra resonance when it deals with the real world.’
      • ‘Her version takes on added resonance and power when you remember that Tori is herself a victim of male violence.’
      • ‘None of the other works in the gallery achieved such resonance.’
      • ‘A story, unlike a theory, invites embroidery and variation, and indeed stories gain their communicative power by resonance with more primal stories.’
      • ‘Not to be outdone, the nurses looked for a banner carrier whose image would evoke even greater resonance.’
      • ‘Injuries, then, have a great emotional resonance.’
      • ‘Amelie is the sort of film that will have the same resonance for audiences across the world.’
  • 2Physics
    The reinforcement or prolongation of sound by reflection from a surface or by the synchronous vibration of a neighbouring object.

    • ‘A special kind of sound reinforcement, called assisted resonance, is used in some halls to increase the reverberation time within certain frequency bands.’
    • ‘The researcher believes giraffes may use Helmholtz resonance, causing the air in their long windpipes to vibrate at a low pitch.’
    • ‘A bass trap is any device that reduces the strength of a low frequency ‘standing wave’ or resonance.’
    • ‘According to principles of Pythagoras, the river water in the down pipe changed the pitch of the sonic resonance.’
    • ‘These peaks had to do with successive oscillations of the density waves in the early universe, and a phenomenon called resonance that makes some wavelengths more intense than others.’
    reverberation, resonance, throbbing, throb, vibrating, pulsation, pulsing, rumbling, rumble, beating, beat, drumming, drum, thumping, thump, thrumming, thrum, pounding, pound, palpitating, palpitation
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  • 3The condition in which an electric circuit or device produces the largest possible response to an applied oscillating signal.

    • ‘On the other hand, if the electrical resonance is involved in the generation of oscillations, disabling it should eliminate the spontaneous bundle activity.’
    • ‘The conditions under which resonance can be observed are quite specific.’
    • ‘The piezo transformer is operated as close to resonance as possible, contributing to greater circuit efficiency.’
    • ‘In addition, the signal overlap for each resonance line can be examined in the spatially resolved spectra.’
    1. 3.1Mechanics
      The condition in which an object or system is subjected to an oscillating force having a frequency close to its own natural frequency.
      • ‘Leaving aside the microtonal differences resulting from natural resonance I have constructed 11 modes based on the interaction of 2 harmonic series.’
      • ‘Selective resonance at these eigentone frequencies will inevitably colour the sound, especially in small rectangular rooms where the resonant frequencies are high enough to fall within the musical range.’
      • ‘He found that, at a certain speed, the resonance - or natural frequency - of the machine was the root cause of the problem.’
  • 4Astronomy
    The occurrence of a simple ratio between the periods of revolution of two bodies about a single primary.

    • ‘The mechanism involves a gravitational resonance between the Moon and accretion-disk material, which can increase orbital inclinations up to approx 15°.’
    • ‘In this resonance, Venus would make, on average, four axial rotations as seen by an Earth observer between successive close approaches of the two planets.’
    • ‘Second, Pluto is in a 2: 3 orbit-orbit resonance with Neptune.’
  • 5Chemistry
    The property of having a molecular structure which cannot adequately be represented by a single structural formula but is a composite of two or more structures of higher energy.

    • ‘This resonance strongly stabilizes benzene and profoundly influences its chemical properties.’
    • ‘An example of a molecule which demonstrates resonance is ozone, O 3.’
    • ‘Because a carboxylate ion has low energy due to resonance stabilization, its formation via dissociation in aqueous solution is somewhat favorable.’
    • ‘This creates a line of p orbitals down the length of the molecule, allowing resonance stabilization of the pi bonds.’
  • 6Physics
    [count noun] A short-lived subatomic particle that is an excited state of a more stable particle.

    • ‘The ρ meson is a wide resonance (Γρ = 150 MeV) and will decay primarily inside the nucleus, making it ideal for observing medium effects.’
    • ‘The evidence for the new particle is a resonance observed when studying the invariant mass combinations of D*- anti-charmed mesons (dcbar) with protons (uud) and the anti-matter equivalent, D*+ mesons with anti-protons.’
    • ‘A statistical model for decay and formation of heavy hadronic resonances is formulated.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin resonantia echo, from resonare resound (see resonant).

Pronunciation:

resonance

/ˈrɛz(ə)nəns/