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From Old French reverberation, from Medieval Latin reverberatio.


reverberation (countable and uncountable, plural reverberations)

  1. A violent oscillation or vibration.
    The discomfort caused by the bat's reverberation surprised Tommy.
  2. An echo, or a series of overlapping echoes.
    The reverberation that followed Marilyn's shout filled the cavern.
  3. The reflection of light or heat; a reflection in, or as though in, a mirror.
    Like the several reverberations of the same image from two opposite looking glasses.
  4. (chiefly in the plural) An evolving series of effects resulting from a particular event; a repercussion.
    Reverberations from the Vietnam war affect our society to this day.