1. The act of driving back, or the state of being driven back; reflection; reverberation; as, the repercussion of sound.
Ever echoing back in endless repercussion. --Hare.
2. Mus. Rapid reiteration of the same sound.
3. Med. The subsidence of a tumor or eruption by the action of a repellent.
4. Obstetrics In a vaginal examination, the act of imparting through the uterine wall with the finger a shock to the fetus, so that it bounds upward, and falls back again against the examining finger.
n 1: a remote or indirect consequence of some action; "his
declaration had unforeseen repercussions";
"reverberations of the market crash were felt years
later" [syn: reverberation]
2: a movement back from an impact [syn: recoil, rebound, backlash]