a. Strong and deep in tone; resounding: a resonant voice.
b. Having a lasting presence or effect; enduring: "Cranmer compiled the first Book of Common Prayer, writing some of the most resonant phrases in the English tongue" (Allen D. Boyer).
c. Strongly reminiscent; evocative: a monument that is resonant of the nation's past glory.
2. Producing or exhibiting resonance: resonant frequency excitation.
3. Resulting from or as if from resonance: resonant amplification.
Linguistics A sonorant.
[Latin resonāns, resonant-, present participle of resonāre, to resound; see RESOUND.]
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