[ek-oh] /ˈɛk oʊ/
noun, plural echoes.
a repetition of sound produced by the reflection of sound waves from a wall, mountain, or other obstructing surface.
a sound heard again near its source after being reflected.
any repetition or close imitation, as of the ideas or opinions of another.
a person who reflects or imitates another.
a sympathetic or identical response, as to sentiments expressed.
a lingering trace or effect.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a mountain nymph who pined away for love of the beautiful youth Narcissus until only her voice remained.
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.
Electronics. the reflection of a radio wave, as in radar or the like.
(initial capital letter) U.S. Aerospace. one of an early series of inflatable passive communications satellites.
a word used in communications to represent the letter E.
verb (used without object), echoed, echoing.
to emit an echo; resound with an echo:
The hall echoed with cheers.
to be repeated by or as by an echo:
Shouts echoed through the street.
verb (used with object), echoed, echoing.
to repeat by or as by an echo; emit an echo of:
The hall echoes the faintest sounds.
to repeat or imitate the words, sentiments, etc., of (a person).
to repeat or imitate (words, sentiments, etc.).
noun (pl) -oes
a repetition or imitation, esp an unoriginal reproduction of another’s opinions
something that evokes memories, esp of a particular style or era
(sometimes pl) an effect that continues after the original cause has disappeared; repercussion: the echoes of the French Revolution
a person who copies another, esp one who obsequiously agrees with another’s opinions
the repetition of certain sounds or syllables in a verse line
the quiet repetition of a musical phrase
Also called echo organ, echo stop. a manual or stop on an organ that controls a set of quiet pipes that give the illusion of sounding at a distance
an electronic effect in recorded music that adds vibration or resonance
verb -oes, -oing, -oed
to resound or cause to resound with an echo: the cave echoed their shouts
(intransitive) (of sounds) to repeat or resound by echoes; reverberate
(transitive) (of persons) to repeat (words, opinions, etc), in imitation, agreement, or flattery
(transitive) (of things) to resemble or imitate (another style, earlier model, etc)
(transitive) (of a computer) to display (a character) on the screen of a visual display unit as a response to receiving that character from a keyboard entry
either of two US passive communications satellites, the first of which was launched in 1960
(Greek myth) a nymph who, spurned by Narcissus, pined away until only her voice remained
(communications) code word for the letter e
mid-14c., from Latin echo, from Greek echo, personified as a mountain nymph, from or related to ekhe “sound,” ekhein “to resound,” from PIE root *swagh- “to resound” (cf. Sanskrit vagnuh “sound,” Latin vagire “to cry,” Old English swogan “to resound”). Related: Echoes.
1550s, from echo (n.). Related: Echoed; echoing.
1. A topic group on FidoNet’s echomail system.
2. A Unix command that just prints its arguments.
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echoacousia ech·o·a·cou·si·a (ěk’ō-ə-kōō’zē-ə, -zhə) n. A subjective disturbance of hearing in which a sound heard appears to be repeated.
echoaortography ech·o·a·or·tog·ra·phy (ěk’ō-ā’ôr-tŏg’rə-fē) n. The application of ultrasound techniques to the diagnosis and study of the aorta, particularly the abdominal aorta.
noun, Informal. 1. a member of Generation Y, born in the 1980s or 1990s; a .
- Echo cancellation
A process which removes unwanted echoes from the signal on a telephone line. Echoes are usually caused by impedance mismatches along an analogue line.