Echo vs Response - What's the difference?

echo | response |

As nouns the difference between echo and response

is that echo is echo (a reflected sound that is heard again by its initial observer) while response is (senseid)an answer or reply, or something in the nature of an answer or reply.

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Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete) * (l) (obsolete)


  • A reflected sound that is heard again by its initial observer.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The babbling echo mocks the hounds.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • The woods shall answer, and the echo ring.
  • *
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= William E. Conner
  • , title= An Acoustic Arms Race , volume=101, issue=3, page=206-7, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.}}
  • (figurative) Sympathetic recognition; response; answer.
  • * Fuller
  • Fame is the echo of actions, resounding them.
  • * Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Many kind, and sincere speeches found an echo in his heart.
  • (computing) The displaying on the command line of the command that has just been executed.
  • The letter E in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  • Derived terms

    * echoacousia * echo boomer * echocardiogram, echocardiography * echogenic, echogenicity * echogram * echolalia * echo organ * echopathy * echophonocardiography, echophony * echoplex * echo-ranging * echo sounder * echo stop * echotexture * hypoechoic


  • (of a sound or sound waves) To reflect off of a surface and return.
  • (by extension) To repeat back precisely what another has just said: to copy in the imitation of a natural echo.
  • * (John Dryden)
  • Those peals are echoed by the Trojan throng.
  • * Keble
  • The wondrous sound / Is echoed on forever.
  • (by extension) To repeat (another's speech, opinion etc.).
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Sarah Glaz
  • , title= Ode to Prime Numbers , volume=101, issue=4, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Some poems, echoing the purpose of early poetic treatises on scientific principles, attempt to elucidate the mathematical concepts that underlie prime numbers. Others play with primes’ cultural associations. Still others derive their structure from mathematical patterns involving primes.}}


    * See also




    (en noun)
  • (senseid)An answer or reply, or something in the nature of an answer or reply.
  • (senseid)The act of responding or replying; reply: as, to speak in response to a question.
  • An oracular answer.
  • (liturgics ) A verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in sequence or reply to the priest or officiant.
  • (liturgics ) A versicle or anthem said or sung during or after a lection; a respond or responsory.
  • A reply to an objection in formal disputation.
  • An online advertising performance metric representing one click-through from an online ad to its destination URL.
  • A reaction to a stimulus or provocation.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Stephen P. Lownie], [ David M. Pelz
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Stents to Prevent Stroke , passage=As we age, the major arteries of our bodies frequently become thickened with plaque, a fatty material with an oatmeal-like consistency that builds up along the inner lining of blood vessels. The reason plaque forms isn’t entirely known, but it seems to be related to high levels of cholesterol inducing an inflammatory response , which can also attract and trap more cellular debris over time.}}


    * 1338 , , Middle English Chronicle *: What was his respons written, I ne sauh no herd. * 1842 , , The Two Voices *: Then did my response clearer fall:
    "No compound of this earthly ball
    Is like another, all in all." * 1874 , , Sensation and Intuition , p. 17. *: There seems a vast psychological interval between an emotional response to the action of some grateful stimulus and the highly complex intellectual and emotional development implied in a distinct appreciation of objective beauty.

    Derived terms

    * consultary response


    * reaction


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