Definition of Resonance

1. Noun. An excited state of a stable particle causing a sharp maximum in the probability of absorption of electromagnetic radiation.

Generic synonyms: Physical Phenomenon
Specialized synonyms: Nuclear Resonance, Magnetic Resonance

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.
Generic synonyms: Oscillation, Vibration
Derivative terms: Resonant, Resonate

3. Noun. Having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant.

4. Noun. A relationship of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people.
Exact synonyms: Rapport
Generic synonyms: Affinity, Kinship
Derivative terms: Resonate

5. Noun. The quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities.
Generic synonyms: Quality, Timber, Timbre, Tone
Derivative terms: Resonant, Resonate

Definition of Resonance

1. n. The act of resounding; the quality or state of being resonant.

2. n. An electric phenomenon corresponding to that of acoustic resonance, due to the existance of certain relations of the capacity, inductance, resistance, and frequency of an alternating circuit.

Definition of Resonance

1. Noun. The condition of being resonant. ¹

2. Noun. A resonant sound, echo ¹

3. Noun. (figuratively) Something that evokes an association, or a strong emotion. ¹

4. Noun. (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. ¹

5. Noun. (context: nuclear physics) A short-lived subatomic particle that cannot be observed directly. ¹

6. Noun. An increase in the strength or duration of a musical tone produced by sympathetic vibration. ¹

7. Noun. (chemistry) The property of a compound that can be visualized as having two structures differing only in the distribution of electrons. ¹

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Definition of Resonance

1. sonance [n -S] - See also: sonance

Medical Definition of Resonance

1. 1. The act of resounding; the quality or state of being resonant. 2. 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. 3. Pulmonary resonance, the sound transmitted to the ear when auscultation is made while the patient is speaking. Origin: Cf. F. Resonance, L. Resonantia an echo. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Resonance

resolving power
resolving powers
resonance (current term)
resonance effect
resonance energy
resonance energy transfer
resonance hybrid
resonance theory of hearing
resonant circuit
resonant frequency

Literary usage of Resonance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"Received April 29, 1968 Abstract: The ion-molecule chemistry of acetonitrile has been investigated using ion cyclotron resonance. Twenty-three ion-molecule ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"Med., 1907, xc) states that although metallic resonance is an important ... There must first be a clear conception of what is meant by metallic resonance. ..."

3. Physical Diagnosis by Richard Clarke Cabot (1919)
"Tympanitic resonance. Tympanitic resonance is that obtained over a hollow body, like the stomach when moderately distended with air.1 It is usually of a ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The oral is a thin, feeble, shallow quality with the resonance ... The nasal is an impure twanging, head-tone with the resonance in the front nasal cavities ..."

5. Physical Diagnosis by Richard Clarke Cabot (1905)
"Summary The varieties of resonance to be obtained by percussing the normal thorax are: (1) Vesicular resonance, to be obtained over normal lung tissue. ..."

6. Medical Record by George Frederick Shrady, Thomas Lathrop Stedman (1897)
"Increased vocal resonance right upper lobe to second interspace. ... Slight dulness left side, also increased vocal resonance but no râles. CASE XXIII. ..."

7. On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music by Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz, Alexander John Ellis (1885)
"A. Influence of resonance in Beed Pipes. (See p. 1026.) THE laws of resonance for cylindrical tubes have been developed mathematically in my paper on the ..."

8. On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music by Hermann von Helmholtz (1912)
"THE laws of resonance for cylindrical tubes have been developed mathematically in my ... (1) The resonance must be determined separately for each term, ..."

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