Adjective "resonant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of sound) deep, clear, and continuing to sound or reverberate.
  1. 'Large, ungainly and hanging onto my thick specs, I'd leap over a vault with my free hand, landing with a resonant thud on the other side, and I loved it.'
  2. 'He has a deep and resonant or perhaps a high and nasal voice.'
  3. '‘Here,’ he said, and his voice was deep and rich, resonant and infinitely caring.'
  4. 'When these cattle move side by side in the herd, their hollow horns knock together, producing a characteristic resonant sound.'
  5. 'So the resonant sound is dubbed an auspicious sound.'
  6. 'I actually have a deep resonant, rich voice, but it comes out only rarely.'
  7. 'He immediately interrupted, voice slightly deeper, much more resonant.'
  8. 'After a few months, he'll likely have a resonant, deep, and full voice just like an adult!'
  9. 'His voice was naturally deep and resonant, a good, powerful, commanding voice.'
  10. 'Annoyance flashed through Rosemarie like lightning as a deep, resonant laugh came from above.'
  11. 'alpine valleys resonant with the sound of church bells'
  12. 'The hill of Sanchi, surrounded by verdant forests with the river gurgling at its feet, resonant with the hymns and chants, must have been one of the most idyllic, spiritual spots.'
  13. 'I was hiking in a fairly remote region when a few other hikers told me of a mountain pass leading into a spectacular valley resonant with cascading waters, lush with rolling meadows, dotted with innumerable wild flowers, and protected on all sides by snow-capped peaks.'
  14. 'the prints are resonant with traditions of Russian folk art and story'
  15. 'The film's most emotionally resonant moment occurs early on, when Drew confronts her parents with her pregnancy.'
  16. 'This is, of course, an extreme example, but it is also an extraordinarily resonant image.'
  17. 'Arousing, resonant writing links the physical with the emotional.'
  18. 'I often have found the sweeper poems to be most resonant with adolescents, both here and abroad.'
  19. 'The two distinct sets of highly structured traditions are not simply deeply emotionally resonant; they carry the force of commandment.'
  20. 'He ran the more emotionally resonant campaign - speaking clearly, simply and passionately.'
  21. 'Stipe's lyrics, meanwhile, are less abstract and more resonant than ever.'
  22. 'It's stunning and virtuosic, but it's not especially emotionally resonant.'
  23. 'And his sparing use of close-ups for maximum emotional impact is both resonant and economical.'
  24. 'Her Scandinavian English is sharp, heavily accented, the grammar and syntax strange in some places, but the emotions are palpable, resonant, honest.'
(of a room, musical instrument, or hollow body) tending to reinforce or prolong sounds, especially by synchronous vibration.
  1. 'the sound is produced by striking resonant little metal bars'
  2. 'Each buckling results in a burst of resonant vibrations from the tymbal, with the repetition rate of these bursts being determined by the contraction frequency of the tymbal muscle.'
  3. 'Sonics could not be better, as every note is clearly delineated in a perfectly resonant environment.'
  4. 'Move around while listening and the hum changes to a low, soothing throb or at particularly resonant points in the room, vibrates your skull rather unpleasantly.'
  5. 'When it is blown, the feather acts as a reed, producing a deep, resonant sound.'
  6. 'Then, if you take the lid off the piano to boost it, sometimes the room becomes too resonant and the sound goes all over the place.'
  7. 'The resonant vibration of cantilevers also produced noise.'
  8. 'What you will hear, then, are the natural resonant frequencies of the room articulated by speech.'
Relating to or bringing about resonance in a circuit, atom, or other object.
  1. 'Carotenoids in individual living human lymphocytes gave rise to sufficiently strong resonant Raman scattering that enabled direct Raman imaging of the carotenoid distribution in the cell.'
  2. 'The high values observed in suspension probably are due to a resonant two-photon absorption process.'
  3. 'A second of time is defined as x oscillations of a cesium atom's resonant frequency, and is commonly measured in atomic clocks.'
(of a colour) enhancing or enriching another colour or colours by contrast.
  1. 'The method of colour therapy is based on the law of resonant colours interaction, conterminous to frequency characteristics of body.'
  2. 'The stiff and stylised human forms dominate, colluding powerfully with the resonant colours.'
  3. 'His colours became more resonant, his drawing more grandly simplified, and his expression of the mysteries of life more profound.'


1. resounding or echoing, as sounds: the resonant thundering of cannons being fired.

2. deep and full of resonance: a resonant voice.

3. pertaining to resonance.

4. producing resonance; causing amplification or sustention of sound.

5. pertaining to a system in a state of resonance, especially with respect to sound. noun

6. Phonetics. a vowel or a voiced consonant or semivowel that is neither a stop nor an affricate, as, in English, (m, ng, n, l, r, y, w).

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be resonant in lives."

"outlines can be resonant of people."

"issues can be resonant of conceptions."

"frequencies can be resonant with cavities."

"accents can be resonant with rhythms."

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Late 16th century: from French résonnant or Latin resonant- ‘resounding’, from the verb resonare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + sonare ‘to sound’.