from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Strong and deep in tone; resounding: a resonant voice.
  • adj. Having a lasting presence or effect; enduring: "Cranmer compiled the first Book of Common Prayer, writing some of the most resonant phrases in the English tongue” ( Allen D. Boyer).
  • adj. Strongly reminiscent; evocative: a monument that is resonant of the nation's past glory.
  • adj. Producing or exhibiting resonance: resonant frequency excitation.
  • adj. Resulting from or as if from resonance: resonant amplification.
  • n. Linguistics A sonorant.

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  • adj. Resounding, echoing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Returning, or capable of returning, sound; fitted to resound; resounding; echoing back.
  • adj. Adjusted as to dimensions (as an electric circuit) so that currents or electric surgings are produced by the passage of electric waves of a given frequency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resounding; specifically, noting a substance, structure, or confined body of air which is capable of decided sympathetic vibrations; or a voice, instrument, or tone in which such vibrations are prominent.
  • Sounding or ringing in the nasal passages: used by some authors instead of nasal as applied to articulate sounds.
  • n. A resonant or nasal sound.
  • In electricity, capable of responding to electric oscillations of a given frequency on account of its capacity, inductance, and dimensions: said of an electrically tuned circuit.
  • In the graphic arts, noting brilliancy and power in technique or quality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by resonance
  • adj. serving to bring to mind


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin resonāns, resonant-, present participle of resonāre, to resound; see resound.

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Latin resonare ("to resound")


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