See also: résonance

English edit

English Wikipedia has an article on:
Spring resonance animation.

Etymology edit

From Old French resonance (French résonance), from Latin resonantia (echo), from resonō (I resound).

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹɛzənəns/
  • (file)

Noun edit

resonance (countable and uncountable, plural resonances)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being resonant.
    Synonym: resound
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, New York, N.Y.: Modern Library, →OCLC:
      The leiter-wagons contained great, square boxes, with handles of thick rope; these were evidently empty by the ease with which the Slovaks handled them, and by their resonance as they were roughly moved.
  2. (countable) A resonant sound, echo, or reverberation, such as that produced by blowing over the top of a bottle.
    • 1912, Edith Wharton, The Reef[1], New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton and Company:
      He passed on, and the lights and cries of the station dropped away, merged in a wider haze and a hollower resonance, as the train gathered itself up with a long shake and rolled out again into the darkness.
  3. (medicine) The sound produced by a hollow body part such as the chest cavity upon auscultation, especially that produced while the patient is speaking.
  4. (figuratively) Something that evokes an association, or a strong emotion; something that strikes a chord.
    emotional resonance
    • 2012 May 24, Nathan Rabin, “Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3”, in The Onion AV Club[2]:
      But the film is largely redeemed by an unexpected emotional resonance befitting a Steven Spielberg production.
    • 2017 October 27, Paul Daley, “The whole recognition process has a deep colonial resonance”, in The Guardian[3]:
      The whole recognition process has a deep colonial resonance. [title]
    • 2022 November 13, Vanessa Thorpe, “‘It has added political resonance this year’: why Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol still strikes a chord”, in The Guardian[4]:
      For audiences, all these shows mean a chance to revisit a story that still chimes loudly, and to see whether, as many suspect, it will have a more chilling resonance in the winter of 2022.
  5. (physics) The increase in the amplitude of an oscillation of a system under the influence of a periodic force whose frequency is close to that of the system's natural frequency.
    • 2013, Charles P. Slichter, Principles of Magnetic Resonance, Springer Science & Business, →ISBN, page 217:
      One of the most important developments beyond the original concept of magnetic resonance is so-called double resonance in which, as the name suggests, one excites one resonant transition of a system while simultaneously monitoring a different transition.
  6. (nuclear physics) A short-lived subatomic particle or state of atomic excitation that results from the collision of atomic particles.
    • 2004, Frank Close, Particle Physics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford, page 35:
      When experiments with the first ‘atom-smashers’ took place in the 1950s to 1960s, many short-lived heavier siblings of the proton and neutron, known as ‘resonances’, were discovered.
  7. An increase in the strength or duration of a musical tone produced by sympathetic vibration.
  8. (chemistry) The property of a compound that can be visualized as having two structures differing only in the distribution of electrons.
    Synonym: mesomerism
  9. (astronomy) An influence of the gravitational forces of one orbiting object on the orbit of another, causing periodic perturbations.
  10. (electronics) The condition where the inductive and capacitive reactances have equal magnitude.
  11. (sociology) A quality of human relationship with the world.
    • 2019 [2016], James Wagner, transl., Resonance[5], John Wiley & Sons, translation of Resonanz by Hartmut Rosa, →ISBN:
      Resonance is a kind of relationship to the world, formed through affect and emotion, intrinsic interest, and perceived self-efficacy, in which subject and world are mutually affected and transformed.

Derived terms edit

Related terms edit

Translations edit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.

Further reading edit

Anagrams edit

Old French edit

Etymology 1 edit

Latin resonantia (echo), from resonō (I resound).

Noun edit

resonance oblique singularf (oblique plural resonances, nominative singular resonance, nominative plural resonances)

  1. resonance

Etymology 2 edit

resoner (to reason) +‎ -ance.

Noun edit

resonance oblique singularf (oblique plural resonances, nominative singular resonance, nominative plural resonances)

  1. reason (logic, thinking behind an idea or concept)

References edit