verb (used without object), re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing.

  1. to reecho or resound: Her singing reverberated through the house.
  2. Physics. to be reflected many times, as sound waves from the walls of a confined space.
  3. to rebound or recoil.
  4. to be deflected, as flame in a reverberatory furnace.

verb (used with object), re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing.

  1. to echo back or reecho (sound).
  2. to cast back or reflect (light, heat, etc.).
  3. to subject to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.


  1. reverberant.


  1. (intr) to resound or re-echothe explosion reverberated through the castle
  2. to reflect or be reflected many times
  3. (intr) to rebound or recoil
  4. (intr) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
  5. (tr) to heat, melt, or refine (a metal or ore) in a reverberatory furnace

1570s, “beat back, drive back, force back,” from Latin reverberatus, past participle of reverberare “strike back, repel, cause to rebound” (see reverberation). Meaning “re-echo” is from 1590s. Earlier verb was reverberen (early 15c.). Related: Reverberated; reverberating.

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