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From Old French resonance (French résonance), from Latin resonantia (echo), from resonō (I resound).



resonance (countable and uncountable, plural resonances)

  1. The quality of being resonant.
    • 2012 May 24, Nathan Rabin, “Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      But the film is largely redeemed by an unexpected emotional resonance befitting a Steven Spielberg production.
  2. A resonant sound, echo, or reverberation, such as that produced by blowing over the top of a bottle.
  3. (medicine) The sound produced by a hollow body part such as the chest cavity upon auscultation, especially that produced while the patient is speaking.
  4. (figuratively) Something that evokes an association, or a strong emotion.
  5. (physics) The increase in the amplitude of an oscillation of a system under the influence of a periodic force whose frequency is close to that of the system's natural frequency.
  6. (nuclear physics) A short-lived subatomic particle or state of atomic excitation that results from the collision of atomic particles.
    • 2004, When experiments with the first ‘atom-smashers’ took place in the 1950s to 1960s, many short-lived heavier siblings of the proton and neutron, known as ‘resonances’, were discovered. — Frank Close, Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2004, p. 35)
  7. An increase in the strength or duration of a musical tone produced by sympathetic vibration.
  8. (chemistry) The property of a compound that can be visualized as having two structures differing only in the distribution of electrons; mesomerism.
  9. (astronomy) A influence of the gravitational forces of one orbiting object on the orbit of another, causing periodic perturbations.
  10. (electronics) The condition where the inductive and capacitive reactances have equal magnitude.

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Old French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Latin resonantia (echo), from resonō (I resound).


resonance f (oblique plural resonances, nominative singular resonance, nominative plural resonances)

  1. resonance

Etymology 2[edit]

resoner (to reason) +‎ -ance.


resonance f (oblique plural resonances, nominative singular resonance, nominative plural resonances)

  1. reason (logic, thinking behind an idea or concept)