Definitions for soundsaʊnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of hearing by vibrations transmitted through the air or other medium.

  2. mechanical vibrations transmitted through an elastic medium, traveling in air at a speed of approximately 1087 ft. (331 m) per second at sea level and at other speeds in other media.

    Category: Physics

  3. the particular auditory effect produced by a given source:

    the sound of fire engines.

  4. a noise, vocal utterance, musical tone, or the like:

    the sounds from the next room.

  5. a distinctive, characteristic, or recognizable musical style:

    the Motown sound.

    Category: Music and Dance

  6. the audible result of an articulation, utterance, or part of an utterance: the th-sound in there.

    Category: Phonetics

    Ref: speech sound.

  7. the auditory effect of sound waves as transmitted or recorded by a particular system of sound reproduction.

    Category: Physics

  8. the quality of an event, letter, etc., as it affects a person:

    I don't like the sound of that report.

  9. the distance within which something can be heard.

  10. meaningless noise:

    all sound and fury.

  11. Archaic. a report or rumor.

  12. (v.i.)to make or emit a sound.

  13. to give forth a signal, as a call or summons.

  14. to convey a certain impression when heard or read:

    His voice sounded strange.

  15. to give a specific sound:

    to sound loud.

  16. to appear; seem:

    The report sounds true.

  17. (v.t.)to cause to sound:

    Sound the alarm.

  18. to give forth (a sound):

    The oboe sounded an A.

  19. to announce or order by a sound:

    The bugle sounded retreat.

  20. to utter audibly; pronounce:

    to sound each letter.

  21. to examine by percussion or auscultation:

    to sound a patient's chest.

  22. sound off, Informal. to call out one's name, as at military roll call. to call out the cadence as one marches in formation. to speak frankly or indiscreetly. to exaggerate; boast.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of sound:

1250–1300; (n.) ME soun < AF (OF son) < L sonus; (v.) ME sounen < OF suner < L sonāre, der. of sonus


soundsaʊnd(adj.; adv.)-er, -est

  1. (adj.)free from injury, damage, defect, disease, etc.; in good condition; healthy; robust:

    a sound body.

    Category: Medicine

  2. financially strong, secure, or reliable:

    a sound investment.

  3. competent, sensible, or valid:

    sound judgment.

  4. of substantial or enduring character:

    sound moral values.

  5. having a logical basis:

    sound reasoning.

  6. uninterrupted and untroubled; deep:

    sound sleep.

  7. vigorous, thorough, or severe:

    a sound thrashing.

  8. upright; honorable.

  9. having no legal defect:

    a sound title to the property.

    Category: Law

  10. (adv.)deeply; thoroughly:

    sound asleep.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of sound:

1150–1200; ME sund, OE gesund (see y -); c. D gezond, G gesund



  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.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. to measure (depth) in such a manner, as at sea.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. to examine or test (the bottom, as of the sea or a deep hole) with a lead that brings up adhering bits of matter.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  4. to seek to ascertain:

    to sound a person's views.

  5. to attempt to elicit the views of (a person) by indirect inquiries (often fol. by out):

    Sound her out about working for us.

  6. (v.i.)to use the lead and line or some other device for measuring depth, as at sea.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  7. to go down or touch bottom, as a lead.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  8. to plunge downward or dive, as a whale.

  9. to seek information, esp. by indirect inquiries.

Origin of sound:

1300–50; ME sounden < OF sonder to plumb, der. of sonde sounding line



  1. a relatively narrow passage of water between larger bodies of water or between the mainland and an island:

    Long Island Sound.

  2. an inlet, arm, or recessed portion of the sea:

    Puget Sound.

  3. the air bladder of a fish.

    Category: Ichthyology

Origin of sound:

bef. 900; ME; OE sund swimming, sea, c. ON sund; akin to swim


  1. The,English name of

    Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Øresund .

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sound(noun)

    the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause

    "the sound of rain on the roof"; "the beautiful sound of music"

  2. sound, auditory sensation(noun)

    the subjective sensation of hearing something

    "he strained to hear the faint sounds"

  3. sound(noun)

    mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium

    "falling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them"

  4. sound(noun)

    the sudden occurrence of an audible event

    "the sound awakened them"

  5. audio, sound(noun)

    the audible part of a transmitted signal

    "they always raise the audio for commercials"

  6. phone, speech sound, sound(noun)

    (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language

  7. strait, sound(noun)

    a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water

  8. sound(adj)

    a large ocean inlet or deep bay

    "the main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast"

  9. sound(adj)

    financially secure and safe

    "sound investments"; "a sound economy"

  10. healthy, intelligent, levelheaded, level-headed, sound(adj)

    exercising or showing good judgment

    "healthy scepticism"; "a healthy fear of rattlesnakes"; "the healthy attitude of French laws"; "healthy relations between labor and management"; "an intelligent solution"; "a sound approach to the problem"; "sound advice"; "no sound explanation for his decision"

  11. sound(adj)

    in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay

    "a sound timber"; "the wall is sound"; "a sound foundation"

  12. good, sound(adj)

    in excellent physical condition

    "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body"

  13. reasoned, sound, well-grounded(adj)

    logically valid

    "a sound argument"

  14. legal, sound, effectual(adj)

    having legal efficacy or force

    "a sound title to the property"

  15. sound(adj)

    free from moral defect

    "a man of sound character"

  16. heavy, profound, sound, wakeless(adj)

    (of sleep) deep and complete

    "a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep"

  17. sound(verb)


    "a sound thrashing"

  18. sound(verb)

    appear in a certain way

    "This sounds interesting"

  19. sound, go(verb)

    make a certain noise or sound

    "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"

  20. sound(verb)

    give off a certain sound or sounds

    "This record sounds scratchy"

  21. sound(verb)

    announce by means of a sound

    "sound the alarm"

  22. voice, sound, vocalize, vocalise(verb)

    utter with vibrating vocal chords

  23. sound(verb)

    cause to sound

    "sound the bell"; "sound a certain note"

  24. fathom, sound(verb)

    measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sound(noun)ʊnd

    sth you hear

    the sound of her breathing; Sit there and don't make a sound.

  2. soundʊnd

    the volume of a TV, radio, etc.

    Turn the sound up/down.

  3. soundʊnd

    to seem to be a particular way

    It sounds like you had a great time.; He sounds like a nasty person.; It sounds as though the program is only for adults.; His new movie sounds really boring.

  4. soundʊnd

    to have a feeling, emotion, etc. in your voice

    You sound terrible. Are you sure you're OK?

  5. sound(adjective)ʊnd

    reliable and likely to be safe or useful

    a sound investment; sound advice; Is the building sound?

  6. soundʊnd

    (of sleep) deep

    You need a good, sound sleep.

  7. sound(adverb)ʊnd

    completely asleep and not likely to wake up

    The children were sound asleep.


  1. Sound(ProperNoun)

    The strait that separates Zealand (an island of Denmark) from Scania (part of Sweden); also sometimes called by the Danish name, u00D8resund.

  2. Origin: sounden, from sonder, from sonde of Germanic origin, compare sundgyrd, sundline, sund. More at Etymology 3 above

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sound(noun)

    the air bladder of a fish; as, cod sounds are an esteemed article of food

  2. Sound(noun)

    a cuttlefish

  3. Sound

    whole; unbroken; unharmed; free from flaw, defect, or decay; perfect of the kind; as, sound timber; sound fruit; a sound tooth; a sound ship

  4. Sound

    healthy; not diseased; not being in a morbid state; -- said of body or mind; as, a sound body; a sound constitution; a sound understanding

  5. Sound

    firm; strong; safe

  6. Sound

    free from error; correct; right; honest; true; faithful; orthodox; -- said of persons; as, a sound lawyer; a sound thinker

  7. Sound

    founded in truth or right; supported by justice; not to be overthrown on refuted; not fallacious; as, sound argument or reasoning; a sound objection; sound doctrine; sound principles

  8. Sound

    heavy; laid on with force; as, a sound beating

  9. Sound

    undisturbed; deep; profound; as, sound sleep

  10. Sound

    founded in law; legal; valid; not defective; as, a sound title to land

  11. Sound(adverb)


  12. Sound(noun)

    a narrow passage of water, or a strait between the mainland and an island; also, a strait connecting two seas, or connecting a sea or lake with the ocean; as, the Sound between the Baltic and the german Ocean; Long Island Sound

  13. Sound(verb)

    to measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to ascertain the depth of by means of a line and plummet

  14. Sound(verb)

    fig.: To ascertain, or try to ascertain, the thoughts, motives, and purposes of (a person); to examine; to try; to test; to probe

  15. Sound(verb)

    to explore, as the bladder or urethra, with a sound; to examine with a sound; also, to examine by auscultation or percussion; as, to sound a patient

  16. Sound(verb)

    to ascertain the depth of water with a sounding line or other device

  17. Sound(noun)

    any elongated instrument or probe, usually metallic, by which cavities of the body are sounded or explored, especially the bladder for stone, or the urethra for a stricture

  18. Sound(noun)

    the peceived object occasioned by the impulse or vibration of a material substance affecting the ear; a sensation or perception of the mind received through the ear, and produced by the impulse or vibration of the air or other medium with which the ear is in contact; the effect of an impression made on the organs of hearing by an impulse or vibration of the air caused by a collision of bodies, or by other means; noise; report; as, the sound of a drum; the sound of the human voice; a horrid sound; a charming sound; a sharp, high, or shrill sound

  19. Sound(noun)

    the occasion of sound; the impulse or vibration which would occasion sound to a percipient if present with unimpaired; hence, the theory of vibrations in elastic media such cause sound; as, a treatise on sound

  20. Sound(noun)

    noise without signification; empty noise; noise and nothing else

  21. Sound(verb)

    to make a noise; to utter a voice; to make an impulse of the air that shall strike the organs of hearing with a perceptible effect

  22. Sound(verb)

    to be conveyed in sound; to be spread or published; to convey intelligence by sound

  23. Sound(verb)

    to make or convey a certain impression, or to have a certain import, when heard; hence, to seem; to appear; as, this reproof sounds harsh; the story sounds like an invention

  24. Sound(verb)

    to causse to make a noise; to play on; as, to sound a trumpet or a horn

  25. Sound(verb)

    to cause to exit as a sound; as, to sound a note with the voice, or on an instrument

  26. Sound(verb)

    to order, direct, indicate, or proclain by a sound, or sounds; to give a signal for by a certain sound; as, to sound a retreat; to sound a parley

  27. Sound(verb)

    to celebrate or honor by sounds; to cause to be reported; to publish or proclaim; as, to sound the praises of fame of a great man or a great exploit

  28. Sound(verb)

    to examine the condition of (anything) by causing the same to emit sounds and noting their character; as, to sound a piece of timber; to sound a vase; to sound the lungs of a patient

  29. Sound(verb)

    to signify; to import; to denote


  1. Sound

    Sound is a mechanical wave that is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through some medium, composed of frequencies within the range of hearing.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Sound

    An alteration of pressure that propagates through an elastic medium.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sound' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #959

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sound' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1530

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sound' in Nouns Frequency: #337

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sound' in Verbs Frequency: #232

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sound' in Adjectives Frequency: #866

Translations for sound

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


strong or in good condition

The foundations of the house are not very sound; He's 87, but he's still sound in mind and body.

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