Definition of resonant in English:



  • 1(of sound) deep, clear, and continuing to sound or reverberate.

    ‘a full-throated and resonant guffaw’
    • ‘Words cannot describe their soft and resonant sounds.’
    • ‘I was beginning to warm to this man, I even liked his deep, resonant voice.’
    • ‘But their presence is signalled by an unmistakable call similar to bellowing of a bull with a deep, resonant boom that carries up to a mile.’
    • ‘So the resonant sound is dubbed an auspicious sound.’
    • ‘I actually have a deep resonant, rich voice, but it comes out only rarely.’
    • ‘‘Please be seated,’ she said, in the same deep resonant voice as I had heard in the hallway.’
    • ‘The voice was deep and resonant and commanding.’
    • ‘Annoyance flashed through Rosemarie like lightning as a deep, resonant laugh came from above.’
    • ‘It is a smooth and mellow voice, deep and resonant.’
    • ‘A chuckle, if you could call it that, deep and resonant, filled the car.’
    • ‘Her voice, which had been weak, became stronger, deeper, more resonant.’
    • ‘His voice was naturally deep and resonant, a good, powerful, commanding voice.’
    • ‘‘Here,’ he said, and his voice was deep and rich, resonant and infinitely caring.’
    • ‘Large, ungainly and hanging onto my thick specs, I'd leap over a vault with my free hand, landing with a resonant thud on the other side, and I loved it.’
    • ‘He immediately interrupted, voice slightly deeper, much more resonant.’
    • ‘I do vocal exercises and on my own I can have a deep resonant voice.’
    • ‘When these cattle move side by side in the herd, their hollow horns knock together, producing a characteristic resonant sound.’
    • ‘He has a deep and resonant or perhaps a high and nasal voice.’
    • ‘After a few months, he'll likely have a resonant, deep, and full voice just like an adult!’
    • ‘Scallon spoke for the first time, his voice deep, resonant and rich with power.’
    deep, low, sonorous, full, full-bodied, vibrant, rich, clear, ringing, orotund
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    1. 1.1resonant with (of a place) filled or resounding with (a sound)
      ‘alpine valleys resonant with the sound of church bells’
      • ‘How different from the scene in the last century when Subrahmanya Bharati sang of the enchantment of Puduvai, lit by dawn gold streaming across the blue sea, resonant with Vedic chants, steeped in elegant Tamil culture!’
      • ‘I was hiking in a fairly remote region when a few other hikers told me of a mountain pass leading into a spectacular valley resonant with cascading waters, lush with rolling meadows, dotted with innumerable wild flowers, and protected on all sides by snow-capped peaks.’
      • ‘He talks to the musician about growing up in a house resonant with music, about his early struggles and about how music can make people weep.’
      • ‘The hill of Sanchi, surrounded by verdant forests with the river gurgling at its feet, resonant with the hymns and chants, must have been one of the most idyllic, spiritual spots.’
      • ‘Soon Esther neared the tented forest resonant with the shouts of campers - old familiar sounds of her childhood.’
      reverberating, ringing, resounding, echoing, filled
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    2. 1.2 Having the ability to evoke enduring images, memories, or emotions.
      ‘the prints are resonant with traditions of Russian folk art and story’
      • ‘I often have found the sweeper poems to be most resonant with adolescents, both here and abroad.’
      • ‘He then explores creating the experience of visiting an emotionally resonant, historic space.’
      • ‘Instead, it's photography that has produced ‘some of the most affecting and resonant of artworks… images that possess a stark and unsparing eloquence’.’
      • ‘He ran the more emotionally resonant campaign - speaking clearly, simply and passionately.’
      • ‘And his sparing use of close-ups for maximum emotional impact is both resonant and economical.’
      • ‘People seldom truly fit a stereotype; they just attach themselves to the one most emotionally resonant when they can't trust themselves enough to be something different.’
      • ‘Emotionally honest and socially resonant, it transcends the melodramatic cliches of prison drama to explore the relationship between a mother and daughter and the corrosive nature of the penal system.’
      • ‘The resonant epigraph evokes curiosity as well as wonder.’
      • ‘This is, of course, an extreme example, but it is also an extraordinarily resonant image.’
      • ‘The film's most emotionally resonant moment occurs early on, when Drew confronts her parents with her pregnancy.’
      • ‘It is an emotionally resonant and compelling personal story, and all of it is true.’
      • ‘In fact, people make decisions based on emotive associations that are formed by the creation of simple, easily grasped, emotionally resonant frames that are then repeated ad nauseam.’
      • ‘Her Scandinavian English is sharp, heavily accented, the grammar and syntax strange in some places, but the emotions are palpable, resonant, honest.’
      • ‘The resonant emotions projected by the album render titles and lyrics unnecessary.’
      • ‘Stipe's lyrics, meanwhile, are less abstract and more resonant than ever.’
      • ‘The two distinct sets of highly structured traditions are not simply deeply emotionally resonant; they carry the force of commandment.’
      • ‘Using perfectly composed shots to amplify an emotionally resonant story, the film successfully argues that ‘artistic’ films do not have to be boring.’
      • ‘It's stunning and virtuosic, but it's not especially emotionally resonant.’
      • ‘Arousing, resonant writing links the physical with the emotional.’
      • ‘There's a story he tells which may be particularly resonant here.’
      evocative, suggestive, expressive, redolent, moving, poignant, haunting
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  • 2(of a room, musical instrument, or hollow body) tending to reinforce or prolong sounds, especially by synchronous vibration.

    ‘the sound of these instruments, played in a resonant room, is unforgettable’
    ‘the sound is produced by striking resonant little metal bars’
    • ‘This all may sound irrelevant to the review, but this setting and the organ's origins do produce a wonderful, rich resonant sound.’
    • ‘The resonant vibration of cantilevers also produced noise.’
    • ‘It might be possible to amplify this moving-mirror radiation by using a resonant cavity with vibrating walls.’
    • ‘The resonant acoustics of the church (a Miami Beach landmark) provided the perfect ambience for Handel's music.’
    • ‘Then, if you take the lid off the piano to boost it, sometimes the room becomes too resonant and the sound goes all over the place.’
    • ‘Each buckling results in a burst of resonant vibrations from the tymbal, with the repetition rate of these bursts being determined by the contraction frequency of the tymbal muscle.’
    • ‘The use of the wood block and resonant and jingly metals enhances the Oriental flavor of the music.’
    • ‘The deep resonant sound of the Alp horn and the happy pumping of an accordion followed us out onto the terrace where we stood almost within handshaking distance of that awesome peak.’
    • ‘Move around while listening and the hum changes to a low, soothing throb or at particularly resonant points in the room, vibrates your skull rather unpleasantly.’
    • ‘What you will hear, then, are the natural resonant frequencies of the room articulated by speech.’
    • ‘As in the cardiac examination, deliver taps at points along a straight line moving from resonant areas into the areas expected to show dullness.’
    • ‘When it is blown, the feather acts as a reed, producing a deep, resonant sound.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This follows from the response of any resonant system (a room, a struck object, a vocal cavity) to an impulse-like excitation.’
    • ‘Sonics could not be better, as every note is clearly delineated in a perfectly resonant environment.’
  • 3technical Relating to or bringing about resonance in a circuit, atom, or other object.

    ‘resonant absorption of radiation’
    • ‘Depending on the resonant or natural frequency of the atom and the frequency of the incoming wave, the emitted photon will have changed phase when compared to it's unaffected brethren.’
    • ‘Carotenoids in individual living human lymphocytes gave rise to sufficiently strong resonant Raman scattering that enabled direct Raman imaging of the carotenoid distribution in the cell.’
    • ‘The high values observed in suspension probably are due to a resonant two-photon absorption process.’
    • ‘All atomic clocks measure time in terms of the natural resonant frequencies of various atoms and molecules.’
    • ‘A second of time is defined as x oscillations of a cesium atom's resonant frequency, and is commonly measured in atomic clocks.’
  • 4(of a colour) enhancing or enriching another colour or colours by contrast.

    ‘the resonant reds, greens, and browns typical of Ribera's palette’
    • ‘His colours became more resonant, his drawing more grandly simplified, and his expression of the mysteries of life more profound.’
    • ‘It is a work that requires an interpreter of the depth and understanding of Bernard, whose precise and lucid touch projected the harmony and thematic process with resonant colours and bite.’
    • ‘Jan combines glaze painted tiles with glass and mixed media mosaic, exploring their resonant colours and tactile qualities.’
    • ‘The method of colour therapy is based on the law of resonant colours interaction, conterminous to frequency characteristics of body.’
    • ‘The stiff and stylised human forms dominate, colluding powerfully with the resonant colours.’


Late 16th century: from French résonnant or Latin resonant- ‘resounding’, from the verb resonare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + sonare ‘to sound’.