resonance Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an excited state of a stable particle causing a sharp maximum in the probability of absorption of electromagnetic radiation
  2. noun a vibration of large amplitude produced by a relatively small vibration near the same frequency of vibration as the natural frequency of the resonating system
  3. noun having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant
    ringing; sonorousness; plangency; reverberance; vibrancy; sonority.
  4. noun a relationship of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people
  5. noun the quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities


Res"o*nance noun
Cf. F. résonance, L. resonantia an echo.
  1. The act of resounding; the quality or state of being resonant.
  2. (Acoustics) A prolongation or increase of any sound, eithar by reflection, as in a cavern or apartment the walls of which are not distant enough to return a distinct echo, or by the production of vibrations in other bodies, as a sounding-board, or the bodies of musical instruments.

Webster 1913