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

  • n. Repetition of a sound by reflection of sound waves from a surface.
  • n. The sound produced in this manner.
  • n. A repetition or an imitation: a fashion that is an echo of an earlier style.
  • n. A remnant or vestige: found echoes of past civilizations while examining artifacts in the Middle East.
  • n. One who imitates another, as in opinions, speech, or dress.
  • n. A sympathetic response: Their demand for justice found an echo in communities across the nation.
  • n. A consequence or repercussion: Her resignation had echoes throughout the department.
  • n. Repetition of certain sounds or syllables in poetry, as in echo verse.
  • n. Music Soft repetition of a note or phrase.
  • n. Electronics A reflected wave received by a radio or radar.
  • transitive v. To repeat (a sound) by the reflection of sound waves from a surface.
  • transitive v. To repeat or imitate: followers echoing the cries of their leader; events that echoed a previous incident in history.
  • intransitive v. To be repeated by or as if by an echo: The shout echoed off the wall. The speaker's words echoed in her mind.
  • intransitive v. To resound with or as if with an echo; reverberate: rooms echoing with laughter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A reflected sound that is heard again by its initial observer.
  • n. : The displaying on the command line of the command that has just been executed.
  • n. The letter E in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  • v. To reflect off of a surface and return to someone who has heard it already.
  • v. To repeat back precisely what another has just said: to copy in the imitation of a natural echo.
  • v. To repeat (another's speech, opinion, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sound reflected from an opposing surface and repeated to the ear of a listener; repercussion of sound; repetition of a sound.
  • n. Fig.: Sympathetic recognition; response; answer.
  • n.
  • n. A wood or mountain nymph, regarded as repeating, and causing the reverberation of them.
  • n. A nymph, the daughter of Air and Earth, who, for love of Narcissus, pined away until nothing was left of her but her voice.
  • n.
  • n. A signal, played in the same manner as a trump signal, made by a player who holds four or more trumps (or as played by some exactly three trumps) and whose partner has led trumps or signaled for trumps.
  • n. A signal showing the number held of a plain suit when a high card in that suit is led by one's partner.
  • intransitive v. To give an echo; to resound; to be sounded back.
  • transitive v. To send back (a sound); to repeat in sound; to reverberate.
  • transitive v. To repeat with assent; to respond; to adopt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To emit an echo; reflect or repeat sound; give forth an answering sound by or as if by echo.
  • To be reflected or repeated by or as if by echo; return or be conveyed to the ear in repetition; pass along by reverberation.
  • To produce a reverberating sound; give out a loud sound.
  • To emit an echo of; reflect the sound of, either directly or obliquely; cause to be heard by reverberation: as the whispering gallery of St. Paul's in London echoes very faint sounds.
  • To repeat as if by way of echo; emit a reproduction of, as sounds, words, or sentiments; imitate the sound or significance of.
  • To imitate as an echo; repeat or reproduce the sounds, utterances, or sentiments of: as, the mocking-bird echoes nearly all other creatures; to echo a popular author.
  • In bridge, to show the leader how many cards the third hand holds in the suit led.
  • n. A sound repeated by reflection or reverberation from some obstructing surface; sound heard again at its source; repercussion of sound: as, an echo from a distant hill.
  • n. [capitalized] In classical mythology, an oread or mountain nymph, who, according to a usual form of the myth, pined away for love of the beautiful youth Narcissus till nothing remained of her but her voice.
  • n. Figuratively, a repetition of the sentiments of others; reproduction of the ideas or opinions of others, either in speech or in writing.
  • n. In music, the very soft repetition of a short phrase, particularly in orchestral or organ music.
  • n. In architecture, a wall or vault, etc., having the property of reflecting sounds or of producing an echo.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology, a genus of neuropterous insects.
  • n. In whist, a response to a partner's signal for trumps.
  • n. In bridge, a method of showing the leader how many cards his partner holds in the suit led, or of indicating that the third hand can trump the third round. The first is called the plain-suit echo, the second the down-and-out echo.

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

  • v. call to mind
  • v. ring or echo with sound
  • n. a reply that repeats what has just been said
  • n. the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves
  • v. to say again or imitate
  • n. a close parallel of a feeling, idea, style, etc.
  • n. a reflected television or radio or radar beam
  • n. (Greek mythology) a nymph who was spurned by Narcissus and pined away until only her voice remained
  • n. an imitation or repetition


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

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ēchō, from Greek ēkhō.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin echo, from Ancient Greek ἠχώ (ēkhō), from ἠχή (ēkhē, "sound")



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  • A minor goddess in greek mythology. Cursed to only be able to say what she hears someone else say first, she pined away for Narcissus until only her voice remained.

    February 20, 2008