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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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)


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