from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To resound in a succession of echoes; reecho.
- intransitive v. To have a prolonged or continuing effect: Those talks with his teacher reverberated throughout his life.
- intransitive v. To be repeatedly reflected, as sound waves, heat, or light.
- intransitive v. To be forced or driven back; recoil or rebound.
- transitive v. To reecho (a sound). See Synonyms at echo.
- transitive v. To reflect (heat or light) repeatedly.
- transitive v. To drive or force back; repel.
- transitive v. To subject (a metal, for example) to treatment in a reverberatory furnace.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to ring with many echos
- v. to have a lasting effect
- v. to repeatedly return
- v. to rebound or recoil
- v. to shine or reflect (from a surface, etc.)
- v. to shine or glow (on something) with reflected light
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Reverberant.
- adj. Driven back, as sound; reflected.
- transitive v. To return or send back; to repel or drive back; to echo, as sound; to reflect, as light, as light or heat.
- transitive v. To send or force back; to repel from side to side.
- transitive v. Hence, to fuse by reverberated heat.
- intransitive v. To resound; to echo.
- intransitive v. To be driven back; to be reflected or repelled, as rays of light; to be echoed, as sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat back; repel; repulse.
- To return, as sound; echo.
- To turn back; drive back; bend back; reflect: as, to reverberate rays of light or heat.—
- Specifically, to deflect (flame or heat) as in a reverberatory furnance.
- To reduce by reverberated heat; fuse.
- To beat upon; fall upon.
- To be driven back or reflected, as light or heat.
- To echo; reëcho; resound.
- To apply reverberated heat; use reverberatory agency, as in the fusing of metals.
- Synonyms Recoil, etc. See rebound.
- Reverberated; cast back; returned; reflected.
- Reverberant; causing reverberation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. have a long or continuing effect
- v. to throw or bend back (from a surface)
- v. ring or echo with sound
- v. treat, process, heat, melt, or refine in a reverberatory furnace
- v. spring back; spring away from an impact
- v. be reflected as heat, sound, or light or shock waves
Latin reverberāre, reverberāt-, to repel : re-, re- + verberāre, to beat (from verber, whip; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)