Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

Latin resonāns, resonant-, present participle of resonāre, to resound; see resound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin resonare ("to resound") (Wiktionary)

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  • While they do consider some factors known in climate they do not seem attentive enough in the paper to the short term resonant coupling factors with fairly well understood process of PDO,

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  • Even more resonant is Shulman’s 1960 photograph of Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 22, another twilight scene.

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  • In a particular moment of rare calm, everything strangely quiet except for his laboured breathing, Crozier suddenly recalls a resonant instance from when he was a young boy returning home late one winter evening from an afternoon in the wintry hills with his friends.

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  • That was because each branch and twig had what Jase called a resonant frequency.

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  • This is also known as the resonant field model, and is applicable to a description of a planetary system.

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