Definition of reverberation in US English:



  • 1Prolongation of a sound; resonance.

    ‘electronic effects have been added, such as echo and reverberation’
    • ‘The acoustics within a room depend on the key issues of reverberation, room shape, and interior noise control.’
    • ‘The reverberations were even felt west of Mississippi.’
    • ‘V begins with the echoed reverberation of piano chords, whilst a three note ascending bassline is echoed (an octave up) by the guitar.’
    • ‘Ceiling coves were added to help capture and soften the area's reverberation.’
    • ‘His fingering is sharp and there is no reverberation.’
    • ‘A reverberation passes through the string and is followed by a second strike a fraction of a second later.’
    • ‘Living on her starboard side with the decks at about 35, its imposing immensity is magnified by the metallic reverberations in the ocean.’
    • ‘Recordings are clear although they suffer from some slight reverberation in places.’
    • ‘They are also fighting the building's acoustics which need to project human speakers clearly, while providing reverberation for the organ.’
    • ‘These include amplifying the lows, and adding reverberation at different points in the score.’
    • ‘Keith Barnard also makes use of the New Age echoing reverberation.’
    • ‘The wall or ceiling is subtly pierced, allowing sound to travel through to the soft backing, which absorbs the sound and prevents reverberation.’
    • ‘The fetal head was high in the fundus and imaging was not easy with reverberations partially obscuring the proximal hemisphere.’
    • ‘The piece slowly unfolds, with the composer's guitar ostinato setting the mood: it's a perfect sound, with just the right amount of reverberation.’
    • ‘My only quibble is that the piano sounds like it was recorded well and then had some kind of reverberation added later.’
    • ‘Particularly clever is the use of the extracted reverberation from the harp, used as an eerie synthesizer patch in its own right.’
    • ‘Good acoustics is a function of a number of factors: smooth, low levels of background noise, good acoustic privacy and low reverberation.’
    • ‘The initial impact sends reverberations throughout the whole building and opens a huge hole near the top of the 110-storey block.’
    • ‘Instead of pressing foot pedals, guitarists only need to open wide to synthesize their strumming into what's known as a "wah wah" reverberation.’
    • ‘In both tracks surrounds are used aggressively with pans, reverberations, crashes, explosions, and gunshots coming from all corners.’
    resonance, echo, echoing, re-echoing, resounding, pulsation, vibration, ringing, peal, boom, booming, rumble, rumbling, roll, pound, pounding, thump, thumping, drumming, thrumming
    repercussions, ramifications
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  • 2usually reverberationsA continuing effect; a repercussion.

    ‘the attack has had reverberations around the world’
    • ‘The reverberations of that carry on throughout the whole series.’
    • ‘It was a political manoeuvre that would send reverberations down the following three centuries.’
    • ‘You know, this is really pitching right into the hot days of the general election campaign and the reverberations are going to go on through the fall.’
    • ‘The publication of the study had wider reverberations throughout the academic and scientific institutions connected with it.’
    • ‘The reverberations of these losses extend to the states.’
    • ‘They aren't always the most spectacular plays of the season; they just cause the most reverberation.’
    • ‘As the Enron scandal continues its reverberations, as guilty pleas and tales of trials to come mount, the books about the case grow longer.’
    • ‘And the reverberations of that would be felt up and down the food chain.’
    • ‘That result will send reverberations around the boxing world’
    • ‘Meanwhile the reverberation of the Bolivian events will spread throughout the continent.’
    • ‘The reverberations of that event will continue for quite some time, if not forever.’
    • ‘However, the reverberations in the rest of the world economy were immediate and extensive.’
    • ‘But for some, the reverberations never stop.’
    • ‘Evidently, Davis had touched upon a story with profound reverberations for our own times.’
    • ‘And the reverberations are still reverberating.’
    • ‘The reverberations of the war continue even into our time and they have not yet abated.’
    • ‘Her last point raises a spectre of uncertainty around the Summit and its long-term reverberations.’
    • ‘In Asia, the reverberations will inspire a generation.’
    • ‘Easily the most influential paper of the generation, its reverberations continue to be felt whenever philosophers discuss the nature of their enterprise.’
    • ‘Marshall says she doesn't take into account the real-world reverberations of her rulings.’