Definitions

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

  • adj. Having a tendency to reverberate.
  • adj. Characterized by reverberation; resounding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Turned up sigmoidally, with the end pointing outward; reboundant.
  • adj. Tending to reverberate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality of reverberation; reverberating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Reverberating; causing reverberation; especially, returning sound; resounding.

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

  • adj. having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected

Etymologies

Either from the Middle French reverberant (the present participle of reverberer) or from the Latin reverberāns (the present participle of reverberō); compare the French réverbérant, the Italian riverberante, the Portuguese reverberante, and the Spanish reverberante. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is unwise to destroy the proper reverberant acoustical setting for worship in deference to highly infrequent noisy behavior.

    Rip up those carpets!

  • Along with more conventional renovations, that sum was necessary for an overhaul of the space's raw, intensely reverberant interior—which includes a dramatic, 40-foot-high vaulted ceiling—not only to enhance listening quality, but to protect neighbors living on the floors above in what are now condominiums developed by Two Trees Management Company.

    Raising a New Issue in Downtown Brooklyn

  • His signature sound — pungent, almost mournfully low and reverberant — is one of the most readily identifiable in jazz today.

    With a Country Twang

  • These caves were so reverberant that if you clapped your hands it would sound like a flock of birds.

    The Horrors on travel, tequila and hypersonic sound

  • A reverberant melodica opens to a stable kick drum, the Balkan effect softer, more Black Ark-ish.

    Derek Beres: Global Beat Fusion: Thievery's Rastas and Austin's Latin Soul

  • And if the crutches echo, we know the space is reverberant.

    2009 September « paper fruit

  • “The Knights Templar were warriors,” Teabing reminded, the sound of his aluminum crutches echoing in this reverberant space.

    2009 September « paper fruit

  • As it builds, driven by a sawing, reverberant cello, the dancers are rotated in fast succession and in varying combinations, shimmying and looping their way through Tharp's high-velocity enchaînements with precisely engineered nonchalance.

    Birmingham Royal Ballet: Pointes of View

  • The whole crew seems to compose the band, and, like a lot of monkey-folk rejoicing in rude rhythm, emphasizes the beat by hammering kerosene cans, frying-pans, and all sorts of things metallic or reverberant.

    CHAPTER XLIII

  • I could hear no calls or cries — only the sound of the waves, made weirdly hollow and reverberant by the fog.

    Chapter 1

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  • Reverberant (allegro ma non tanto)
    your chorus echoes from your evening bath...

    - Peter Reading, Chez Vous, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008