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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb echo:

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Definition of the noun echo

What does echo mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: echoes / echos (less preferred form)

  1. the repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves
  2. (Greek mythology) a nymph who was spurned by Narcissus and pined away until only her voice remained
    • domain: Greek mythology
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: nymph = a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden
  3. a reply that repeats what has just been said
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: reply / response = the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
    • more specific word: echolalia = an infant's repetition of sounds uttered by others
  4. a reflected television or radio or radar beam
  5. a close parallel of a feeling, idea, style, etc.
    • examples: his contention contains more than an echo of Rousseau | Napoleon III was an echo of the mighty Emperor but an infinitely better man
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: analog / analogue / parallel = something having the property of being analogous to something else
  6. an imitation or repetition
    • example: the flower arrangement was created as an echo of a client's still life
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: imitation = copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else

Alternative definition of the noun echo


  1. A reflected sound that is heard again by its initial observer.
  2. [computing]: The displaying on the command line of the command that has just been executed.
  3. The letter E in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

Definition of the verb echo

What does echo mean as a doing word?

Echo is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: echoed | echoing | echoes / echos (less preferred form)

  1. to say again or imitate
    • example: followers echoing the cries of their leaders
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of echo: repeat
    • more generic terms: emit / let loose / let out / utter = express audibly
    • more specific words:
  2. ring or echo with sound
    • example: The woods echo with many kinds of birds
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      there [Verb] [Theme, indefinite]There echoed voices through the hall
      [Location - location, but not region] [Verb] with [Theme]The hall echoed with voices
      [Theme - sound] [Verb]The voices echoed
      [Theme - sound] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]The voices echoed through the hall
      [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme]Through the hall echoed a loud cry

      Verbs of Existence (with the same syntax): resonate, resound, reverberate, roll, sound.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of echo: resound / reverberate / ring
    • more generic words: go / sound = make a certain noise or sound
    • more specific words:
      • consonate = sound in sympathy
      • reecho = repeat or return an echo again or repeatedly
      • reecho = echo repeatedly, echo again and again
      • bong = ring loudly and deeply
  3. call to mind
    • example: His words echoed John F. Kennedy
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of echo: recall
    • more generic word: resemble = appear like

Alternative definition of the verb echo


  1. [context: of a sound or sound waves, intransitive] To reflect off of a surface and return to someone who has heard it already.
  2. [by extension, transitive] To repeat back precisely what another has just said: to copy in the imitation of a natural echo.
  3. [by extension, transitive] To repeat (another's speech, opinion, etc.).


  1. Echo is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. The population was 699 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Pendleton–Hermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area.
  2. Echo is a city in Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 278 at the 2010 census.
  3. Echo is a census-designated place located in Summit County, Utah, United States. The population was 56 at the 2010 census. Although Echo has never had a sizable population, the town is historically significant.
  4. Echo a.k.a. Echo, Texas (Orange County): Echo, Texas is a populated place which was founded in 1880. The Louisiana Western Extension Railroad Company was given the task of completing the last section of the Texas and New Orleans Railroad crossing the Sabine River, linking Houston with New Orleans. The swampland directly east of Orange was considered unsuitable for the railway construction, so the company pushed the line to the north and east and established a quarantine station. The site was given the name Echo, because the sounds of the railway reverberated in the nearby river swamp. Years later, the quarantine station would be removed, but this site located three miles northeast of Orange would still function as a freight yard for the Southern Pacific Railroad as well as an industrial site. In 1965, Echo would also be the construction starting point for the Sabine River and Northern Railroad, which would link the Southern Pacific to the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway servicing the timber industry of the region.
  5. Echo a.k.a. Echo, Kentucky: Echo is an unincorporated community located in Metcalfe County, Kentucky, United States.
  6. Echo a.k.a. Echo, West Virginia: Echo is an unincorporated community located in Wayne County, West Virginia.

There are other places with in their name, like Echo Lake, Echo Park, Echo Pass, Glen Echo, Lake Echo, Echo Point, Mount Echo, Echo Bridge, Echo Island, Echo Township, Glen Echo Park, Indian Echo Caverns, Echo Lake State Park, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.

Phrases with Echo

Phrases starting with the word Echo:

  1. Echo Poem
  2. Echo vowel
  3. Echo Boomer
  4. echo chamber
  5. echo sounder

Phrases ending with the word Echo:

  1. re-echo
  2. Pre-echo
  3. Goera echo
  4. Idaea Echo
  5. Light echo
  6. Opius Echo
  7. Photo Echo
  8. radar echo
  9. Achaea Echo
  10. Delias Echo
  11. Atracis Echo
  12. Eudonia Echo
  13. Pterula Echo
  14. Telipna Echo
  15. Betracis Echo

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Echo

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Google previewHadrian's Echo (2011)

The Whys and Wherefores of Israel's Critics by Steve Apfel

Hadrian's Echo is a book that entertains while it enlightens.

Google previewFundamentals of Physics, Extended (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Echo Observatory State Down quark Quark In audio signal processing and acoustics, an echo is a reflection of sound, arriving at the listener some time after the direct sound. Typic examples are the echo produced by the bottom of a well, by a ...

Google previewProceedings of Mechanical Engineering Research Day 2017 (2017)

by Mohd Fadzli Bin Abdollah, Tee Boon Tuan, Mohd Azli Salim, Mohd Zaid Akop, Rainah Ismail, Haslinda Musa

ABSTRACT – An echo is a sound that is repeated as the sound waves from a surface bounced back to the listeners. It also happens in a classroom, where preuniversity of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)'s students are having difficulties ...

Google previewThe Internet of Things (2015)

How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World by Michael Miller

That said, the Echo is an interesting first step towards the fifth level of smart home technology we ...

Google previewLoud or Soft? High or Low? (2011)

A Look at Sound by Jennifer Boothroyd

An echo is a reflected sound. The large shapes on this wall reflect the sounds that instruments make. The shapes help fill the room with music. Sound waves can travel through solid objects. You can hear .

Google previewHXP-PCD Procedure Call Dictionary Draft 0.1

echo $ response['addr_str'] ; echo $response['addr_str_nr'] ; Person. Address. Full Text Returns the person's full address in text format. Sample use (php, without error ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Native American Legal Tradition (1998)

by Bruce Elliott Johansen

Echo Hawk was born at Cody, Wyoming, and grew up in Farmington, New Mexico, one of six children of a full-blooded Pawnee father and a German mother . Echo Hawk's father was a land surveyor and worked in the oil-supply business.

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Quotes about Echo

Fame is the echo of actions, resounding them to the world, save that the echo repeats only the last art, but fame relates all, and often more than all. (Thomas Fuller)
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Scrabble value of E1C3H4O1

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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