the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of hearing by vibrations transmitted through the air or other medium.
mechanical vibrations transmitted through an elastic medium, traveling in air at a speed of approximately 1087 feet (331 meters) per second at sea level.
the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause:
the sound of music.
any auditory effect; any audible vibrational disturbance:
all kinds of sounds.
a noise, vocal utterance, musical tone, or the like:
the sounds from the next room.
a distinctive, characteristic, or recognizable musical style, as from a particular performer, orchestra, or type of arrangement:
the big-band sound.
the audible result of an utterance or portion of an utterance: the s-sound in “slight”; the sound of m in “mere.”.
the auditory effect of sound waves as transmitted or recorded by a particular system of sound reproduction:
the sound of a stereophonic recording.
the quality of an event, letter, etc., as it affects a person:
This report has a bad sound.
the distance within which the noise of something may be heard.
mere noise, without meaning:
all sound and fury.
Archaic. a report or rumor; news; tidings.
verb (used without object)
to make or emit a sound.
to give forth a sound as a call or summons:
The bugle sounded as the troops advanced.
to be heard, as a sound.
to convey a certain impression when heard or read:
to sound strange.
to give a specific sound:
to sound loud.
to give the appearance of being; seem:
The report sounds true.
Law. to have as its basis or foundation (usually followed by in):
His action sounds in contract.
verb (used with object)
to cause to make or emit a sound:
to sound a bell.
to give forth (a sound):
The oboe sounded an A.
to announce, order, or direct by or as by a sound:
The bugle sounded retreat. His speech sounded a warning to aggressor nations.
to utter audibly, pronounce, or express:
to sound each letter.
to examine by percussion or auscultation:
to sound a patient’s chest.
sound off, Informal.
to call out one’s name, as at military roll call.
to speak freely or frankly, especially to complain in such a manner.
to exaggerate; boast:
Has he been sounding off about his golf game again?
verb (used with object)
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.
to measure (depth) in such a manner, as at sea.
to examine or test (the bottom, as of the sea or a deep hole) with a lead that brings up adhering bits of matter.
to examine or investigate; seek to fathom or ascertain:
to sound a person’s views.
to seek to elicit the views or sentiments of (a person) by indirect inquiries, suggestive allusions, etc. (often followed by out):
Why not sound him out about working for us?
Surgery. to examine, as the urinary bladder, with a sound.
verb (used without object)
to use the lead and line or some other device for measuring depth, as at sea.
to go down or touch bottom, as a lead.
to plunge downward or dive, as a whale.
to make investigation; seek information, especially by indirect inquiries.
Surgery. a long, slender instrument for sounding or exploring body cavities or canals.
a relatively narrow passage of water between larger bodies of water or between the mainland and an island:
Long Island Sound.
an inlet, arm, or recessed portion of the sea:
the air bladder of a fish.
The, a strait between SW Sweden and Zealand, connecting the Kattegat and the Baltic. 87 miles (140 km) long; 3–30 miles (5–48 km) wide.
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.
noun 1. the component sounds of an environment. 2. the component sounds of a piece of music.
- Sound shift
noun 1. a gradual alteration or series of alterations in the pronunciation of a set of sounds, esp of vowels See also Great Vowel Shift
noun 1. a graphic representation, produced by a sound spectrograph, of the frequency, intensity, duration, and variation with time of the resonance of a sound or series of sounds.
noun 1. an electronic device for recording a sound spectogram. sound spectrograph noun 1. an electronic instrument that produces a record (sound spectrogram) of the way in which the frequencies and intensities of the components of a sound, such as a spoken word, vary with time