Meaning of ECHO in English


— echoer , n. — echoless , adj.

/ek"oh/ , n. , pl. echoes , v. , echoed, echoing .


1. a repetition of sound produced by the reflection of sound waves from a wall, mountain, or other obstructing surface.

2. a sound heard again near its source after being reflected.

3. any repetition or close imitation, as of the ideas or opinions of another.

4. a person who reflects or imitates another.

5. a sympathetic or identical response, as to sentiments expressed.

6. a lingering trace or effect.

7. ( cap. ) Class. Myth. a mountain nymph who pined away for love of the beautiful youth Narcissus until only her voice remained.

8. Cards. the play of a high card and then a low card in the suit led by one's partner as a signal to continue leading the suit, as in bridge, or to lead a trump, as in whist.

9. Electronics. the reflection of a radio wave, as in radar or the like.

10. ( cap. ) U.S. Aerospace. one of an early series of inflatable passive communications satellites.

11. a word used in communications to represent the letter E.


12. to emit an echo; resound with an echo: The hall echoed with cheers.

13. to be repeated by or as by an echo: Shouts echoed through the street.


14. to repeat by or as by an echo; emit an echo of: The hall echoes the faintest sounds.

15. to repeat or imitate the words, sentiments, etc., of (a person).

16. to repeat or imitate (words, sentiments, etc.).

[ 1300-50; ME ecco echo eché sound ]

Syn. 12, 13. ring, reverberate.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .