verb (used without object), re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing.
- to reecho or resound: Her singing reverberated through the house.
- Physics. to be reflected many times, as sound waves from the walls of a confined space.
- to rebound or recoil.
- to be deflected, as flame in a reverberatory furnace.
verb (used with object), re·ver·ber·at·ed, re·ver·ber·at·ing.
- to echo back or reecho (sound).
- to cast back or reflect (light, heat, etc.).
- to subject to reflected heat, as in a reverberatory furnace.
- (intr) to resound or re-echothe explosion reverberated through the castle
- to reflect or be reflected many times
- (intr) to rebound or recoil
- (intr) (of the flame or heat in a reverberatory furnace) to be deflected onto the metal or ore on the hearth
- (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.