from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or resembling an echo.
- adj. Imitative of natural sounds; onomatopoeic: an echoic word.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to an echo
- adj. imitative of a sound; onomatopoeic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Formed in imitation of a natural sound; -- of words. Contrasted to
- adj. Like or characteristic of an echo.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or formed by echoism; onomatopoetic. See extract under echoism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of words) formed in imitation of a natural sound
- adj. like or characteristic of an echo
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coccyx: 1615, from Gk. kokkyx "cuckoo" from kokku, like the bird's Eng. name echoic of its cry, so called by ancient Gk. physician Galen because the bone in humans supposedly resembles a cuckoo's beak.
I remember as she said his name, I had one of those echoic moments.
Intimations Ode is sounded early on in the cognate object "sing a joyous song" (l. 19): echoic token of that pastoral "There was a time" (l. 1) when birds were everywhere and full-throated — and where the epithet "joyous" was as taken for granted, in the tautologies of the prefallen, as that prelinguistic song sung.
He watched as the two entered, the occasionally stiff, not-quite-human movements of the new android echoic of its—of her—creator.
I've been exploring an alternative origin of this word, not from an echoic origin, but rather as a possible Semitic loan.
In a bat's case, I have speculated, it might be surfaces of different echoic properties or textures, perhaps red for shiny, blue for velvety, green for abrasive.
The swimmer, the dreamer—he had no sense of himself as himself yet—heard a voice, echoic and distorted.
Superstition and Revelation is as echoic -- as allusive, if you will -- as any text in Hemans.
In Stage 1, sensations immediately received (without requiring any focused attention) by the primary sensory cortex are initially stored in the sensory memory “store” (ultra-short-term store, echoic/iconic memory).
The confusion of sound which our critic complains of is not to be remedied merely by silencing the chorus of echoic voices.