adjective, sounder, soundest.
free from injury, damage, defect, disease, etc.; in good condition; healthy; robust:
a sound heart; a sound mind.
financially strong, secure, or reliable:
a sound business; sound investments.
competent, sensible, or valid:
having no defect as to truth, justice, wisdom, or reason:
of substantial or enduring character:
sound moral values.
following in a systematic pattern without any apparent defect in logic:
uninterrupted and untroubled; deep:
vigorous, thorough, or severe:
a sound thrashing.
free from moral defect or weakness; upright, honest, or good; honorable; loyal.
having no legal defect:
a sound title to property.
theologically correct or orthodox, as doctrines or a theologian.
a periodic disturbance in the pressure or density of a fluid or in the elastic strain of a solid, produced by a vibrating object. It has a velocity in air at sea level at 0°C of 331 metres per second (741 miles per hour) and travels as longitudinal waves
(as modifier): a sound wave
(modifier) of or relating to radio as distinguished from television: sound broadcasting, sound radio
the sensation produced by such a periodic disturbance in the organs of hearing
anything that can be heard
a particular instance, quality, or type of sound: the sound of running water
volume or quality of sound: a radio with poor sound
the area or distance over which something can be heard: to be born within the sound of Big Ben
the impression or implication of something: I don’t like the sound of that
(phonetics) the auditory effect produced by a specific articulation or set of related articulations
(often pl) (slang) music, esp rock, jazz, or pop
to cause (something, such as an instrument) to make a sound or (of an instrument, etc) to emit a sound
to announce or be announced by a sound: to sound the alarm
(intransitive) (of a sound) to be heard
(intransitive) to resonate with a certain quality or intensity: to sound loud
(copula) to give the impression of being as specified when read, heard, etc: to sound reasonable
(transitive) to pronounce distinctly or audibly: to sound one’s consonants
(law) (intransitive) usually foll by in. to have the essential quality or nature (of): an action sounding in damages
free from damage, injury, decay, etc
firm; solid; substantial: a sound basis
financially safe or stable: a sound investment
showing good judgment or reasoning; sensible; wise: sound advice
valid, logical, or justifiable: a sound argument
holding approved beliefs; ethically correct; upright; honest
(of sleep) deep; peaceful; unbroken
thorough; complete: a sound examination
(Brit, informal) excellent
(law) (of a title, etc) free from defect; legally valid
constituting a valid and justifiable application of correct principles; orthodox: sound theology
(of a deductive argument) valid
(of an inductive argument) according with whatever principles ensure the high probability of the truth of the conclusion given the truth of the premises
another word for consistent (sense 5b)
soundly; deeply: now archaic except when applied to sleep
to measure the depth of (a well, the sea, etc) by lowering a plumb line, by sonar, etc
to seek to discover (someone’s views, etc), as by questioning
(intransitive) (of a whale, etc) to dive downwards swiftly and deeply
to probe or explore (a bodily cavity or passage) by means of a sound
to examine (a patient) by means of percussion and auscultation
(med) an instrument for insertion into a bodily cavity or passage to dilate strictures, dislodge foreign material, etc
a relatively narrow channel between two larger areas of sea or between an island and the mainland
an inlet or deep bay of the sea
the air bladder of a fish
the Sound, a strait between SW Sweden and Zealand (Denmark), linking the Kattegat with the Baltic: busy shipping lane; spanned by a bridge in 2000. Length of the strait: 113 km (70 miles). Narrowest point: 5 km (3 miles) Danish name Øresund Swedish name Öresund
sound 1 (sound)
Vibrations transmitted through an elastic material or a solid, liquid, or gas, with frequencies in the range of 20 to 20,000 hertz, capable of being detected by human organs of hearing.
Transmitted vibrations of any frequency.
A distinctive noise.
v. sound·ed, sound·ing, sounds
Free from defect, decay, or damage; in good condition.
Free from disease or injury.
An instrument used to examine or explore body cavities, as for foreign bodies or other abnormalities, or to dilate strictures in them. v. sound·ed, sound·ing, sounds
To probe a body cavity with a sound.
A type of longitudinal wave that originates as the vibration of a medium (such as a person’s vocal cords or a guitar string) and travels through gases, liquids, and elastic solids as variations of pressure and density. The loudness of a sound perceived by the ear depends on the amplitude of the sound wave and is measured in decibels, while its pitch depends on its frequency, measured in hertz.
The sensation produced in the organs of hearing by waves of this type. See Note at ultrasound.
A long, wide inlet of the ocean, often parallel to the coast. Long Island Sound, between Long Island and the coast of New England, is an example.
A long body of water, wider than a strait, that connects larger bodies of water.
The quality of being sound (2).
verb (used with object) 1. to measure or try the depth of (water, a deep hole, etc.) by letting down a lead or plummet at the end of a line, or by some equivalent means. 2. to measure (depth) in such a manner, as at sea. 3. to examine or test (the bottom, as of […]
noun 1. (music) a small post, usually of pine, on guitars, violins, etc, that joins the front surface to the back, helps to support the bridge, and allows the whole body of the instrument to vibrate
noun, Physics. 1. Also called excess sound pressure, instantaneous sound pressure. the difference between the pressure at a point in a medium through which a sound wave is passing and the static pressure of the medium at that point. 2. effective sound pressure.
adjective 1. impervious to sound. verb (used with object) 2. to cause to be soundproof. adjective 1. not penetrable by sound verb 2. (transitive) to render soundproof