Definition of resonant in English:



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

    ‘a full-throated and resonant guffaw’
    • ‘He immediately interrupted, voice slightly deeper, much more resonant.’
    • ‘Annoyance flashed through Rosemarie like lightning as a deep, resonant laugh came from above.’
    • ‘Scallon spoke for the first time, his voice deep, resonant and rich with power.’
    • ‘The voice was deep and resonant and commanding.’
    • ‘I do vocal exercises and on my own I can have a deep resonant voice.’
    • ‘‘Please be seated,’ she said, in the same deep resonant voice as I had heard in the hallway.’
    • ‘He has a deep and resonant or perhaps a high and nasal voice.’
    • ‘Words cannot describe their soft and resonant sounds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So the resonant sound is dubbed an auspicious sound.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I actually have a deep resonant, rich voice, but it comes out only rarely.’
    • ‘When these cattle move side by side in the herd, their hollow horns knock together, producing a characteristic resonant sound.’
    • ‘Her voice, which had been weak, became stronger, deeper, more resonant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A chuckle, if you could call it that, deep and resonant, filled the car.’
    • ‘After a few months, he'll likely have a resonant, deep, and full voice just like an adult!’
    • ‘It is a smooth and mellow voice, deep and resonant.’
    • ‘I was beginning to warm to this man, I even liked his deep, resonant voice.’
    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’
      • ‘Soon Esther neared the tented forest resonant with the shouts of campers - old familiar sounds of her childhood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘And his sparing use of close-ups for maximum emotional impact is both resonant and economical.’
      • ‘The resonant emotions projected by the album render titles and lyrics unnecessary.’
      • ‘This is, of course, an extreme example, but it is also an extraordinarily resonant image.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He ran the more emotionally resonant campaign - speaking clearly, simply and passionately.’
      • ‘The film's most emotionally resonant moment occurs early on, when Drew confronts her parents with her pregnancy.’
      • ‘There's a story he tells which may be particularly resonant here.’
      • ‘It is an emotionally resonant and compelling personal story, and all of it is true.’
      • ‘It's stunning and virtuosic, but it's not especially emotionally resonant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stipe's lyrics, meanwhile, are less abstract and more resonant than ever.’
      • ‘I often have found the sweeper poems to be most resonant with adolescents, both here and abroad.’
      • ‘The resonant epigraph evokes curiosity as well as wonder.’
      • ‘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 then explores creating the experience of visiting an emotionally resonant, historic space.’
      • ‘Arousing, resonant writing links the physical with the emotional.’
      • ‘Her Scandinavian English is sharp, heavily accented, the grammar and syntax strange in some places, but the emotions are palpable, resonant, honest.’
      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’
    • ‘The resonant acoustics of the church (a Miami Beach landmark) provided the perfect ambience for Handel's music.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This follows from the response of any resonant system (a room, a struck object, a vocal cavity) to an impulse-like excitation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It might be possible to amplify this moving-mirror radiation by using a resonant cavity with vibrating walls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When it is blown, the feather acts as a reed, producing a deep, resonant sound.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This all may sound irrelevant to the review, but this setting and the organ's origins do produce a wonderful, rich resonant sound.’
    • ‘Sonics could not be better, as every note is clearly delineated in a perfectly resonant environment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The resonant vibration of cantilevers also produced noise.’
    • ‘The use of the wood block and resonant and jingly metals enhances the Oriental flavor of the music.’
  • 3technical Relating to or bringing about resonance in a circuit, atom, or other object.

    ‘resonant absorption of radiation’
    • ‘A second of time is defined as x oscillations of a cesium atom's resonant frequency, and is commonly measured in atomic clocks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 4(of a colour) enhancing or enriching another colour or colours by contrast.

    ‘the resonant reds, greens, and browns typical of Ribera's palette’
    • ‘Jan combines glaze painted tiles with glass and mixed media mosaic, exploring their resonant colours and tactile qualities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The method of colour therapy is based on the law of resonant colours interaction, conterminous to frequency characteristics of body.’
    • ‘His colours became more resonant, his drawing more grandly simplified, and his expression of the mysteries of life more profound.’
    • ‘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’.