Definitions for Sound
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Sound.
the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause
"the sound of rain on the roof"; "the beautiful sound of music"
sound, auditory sensationnoun
the subjective sensation of hearing something
"he strained to hear the faint sounds"
mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium
"falling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them"
the sudden occurrence of an audible event
"the sound awakened them"
the audible part of a transmitted signal
"they always raise the audio for commercials"
phone, speech sound, soundnoun
(phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
a large ocean inlet or deep bay
"the main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast"
financially secure and safe
"sound investments"; "a sound economy"
healthy, intelligent, levelheaded, level-headed, soundadjective
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"
in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay
"a sound timber"; "the wall is sound"; "a sound foundation"
in excellent physical condition
"good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body"
reasoned, sound, well-groundedadjective
"a sound argument"
legal, sound, effectualadjective
having legal efficacy or force
"a sound title to the property"
free from moral defect
"a man of sound character"
heavy, profound, sound, wakelessadjective
(of sleep) deep and complete
"a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep"
"a sound thrashing"
appear in a certain way
"This sounds interesting"
make a certain noise or sound
"She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
give off a certain sound or sounds
"This record sounds scratchy"
announce by means of a sound
"sound the alarm"
voice, sound, vocalize, vocaliseverb
utter with vibrating vocal chords
cause to sound
"sound the bell"; "sound a certain note"
measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
The strait that separates Zealand (an island of Denmark) from Scania (part of Sweden); also sometimes called by the Danish name, Øresund.
Etymology: sounden, from sonder, from sonde of Germanic origin, compare sundgyrd, sundline, sund. More at Etymology 3 above
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: sund , Saxon.
I am fall’n out with my more headier will,
To take the indispos’d and sickly fit
For the sound man. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
He hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks, his tongue speaks. William Shakespeare.
He hath received him safe and sound. Luke xv. 27.
We can preserve
Unhurt our minds, and understanding sound. John Milton.
The king visits all around,
Comforts the sick, congratulates the sound;
Honours the princely chiefs. Dryden.
But Capys, and the rest of sounder mind,
The fatal present to the flames design’d,
Or to the deep. Dryden.
When a word, which originally signifies any particular object, is attributed to several other objects, on account of some evident reference or relation to the original idea, this is peculiarly called an analogical word; so a sound or healthy pulse, a sound digestion, sound sleep, are all so called, with reference to a sound and healthy constitution; but if you speak of sound doctrine, or sound speech, this is by way of resemblance to health, and the words are metaphorical. Isaac Watts, Logick.
Whom although to know be life, and joy to make mention of his name; yet our soundest knowledge is to know that we know him not as indeed he is, neither can know him: and our safest eloquence concerning him is silence. Richard Hooker.
Let my heart be sound in thy statutes, that I be not ashamed. Psal. cxix. 80.
The rules are sound and useful, and may serve your devotion. William Wake.
The men are very strong and able of body; and therefore either give sound strokes with their clubs wherewith they fight, or else shoot strong shots with their bows. George Abbot.
They reserved their titles, tenures, and signiories whole and sound to themselves. Edmund Spenser, Ireland.
New wak’d from soundest sleep,
Soft on the flow’ry herb I found me laid
In balmy sweat. John Milton, Paradise Lost.
Soundly; heartily; completely fast.
The messenger approaching to him spake,
But his waste words return’d to him in vain;
So sound he slept that nought might him awake. Fa. Queen.
A shallow sea, such as may be sounded.
Etymology: sonde, French.
The sound of Denmark, where ships pay toll. William Camden.
Behold I come, sent from the Stygian sound,
As a dire vapour that had cleft the ground,
T’ ingender with the night, and blast the day. Ben Jonson.
Him young Thoosa bore, the bright increase
Of Phorcys, dreaded in the sounds and seas. Alexander Pope.
A probe, an instrument used by chirurgeons to feel what is out of reach of the fingers.
Etymology: sonde, French.
The patient being laid on a table, pass the sound till it meet with some resistance. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.
The cuttle-fish. Robert Ainsworth
Etymology: son, French; sonus, Latin.
Heaps of huge words uphoarded hideously
With horrid sound, though having little sense,
And thereby wanting due intelligence,
Have marred the face of goodly poesy,
And made a monster of their fantasy. Edmund Spenser.
Come, sisters, cheer we up his sprights,
And shew the best of our delights;
I’ll charm the air to give a sound,
While you perform your antick round. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Dash a stone against a stone in the bottom of the water, and it maketh a sound: so a long pole struck upon gravel in the bottom of the water, maketh a sound. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.
The warlike sound of trumpets loud. John Milton.
Whene’er he spoke his voice was heard around,
Loud as a trumpet with a silver sound. Dryden.
That which is conveyed into the brain by the ear is called sound; though, ’till it affect the perceptive part, it be nothing but motion. John Locke.
He contented himself with doubtful and general terms, which might make no ill sound in mens ears. John Locke.
Let us consider this proposition as to its meaning; for it is the sense and not sound that must be the principle. John Locke.
And many nymphs about them flocking round,
And many tritons, which their horns did sound. Edmund Spenser.
Michael bid sound
Th’ archangel trumpet. John Milton.
Misenus lay; none so renown’d
The warrior trumpet in the field to sound;
With breathing brass to kindle fierce alarms,
And rouze to dare their fate in honourable arms. Dryden.
Once Jove from Ida did both hosts survey,
And, when he pleas’d to thunder, part the fray;
Here heav’n in vain that kind retreat should sound,
The louder cannon had the thunder drown’d. Edmund Waller.
Sun, sound his praise. John Milton.
In this secret there is a gulf, which while we live we shall never sound. Richard Hooker.
You are, Hastings, much too shallow
To sound the bottom of the after-times. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.
Has he never before sounded you in this business. William Shakespeare.
Invites these lords, and those he meant to sound. Daniel.
I was in jest,
And by that offer meant to sound your breast. Dryden.
I’ve sounded my Numidians, man by man,
And find ’em ripe for a revolt. Joseph Addison, Cato.
To try with the sounding line.
The shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country and sounded and found it near twenty fathoms. Acts xxvii.
Beyond this we have no more a positive distinct notion of, infinite space than a mariner has of the depth of the sea, where having let down a large portion of his sounding-line, he reaches no bottom. John Locke.
To make a noise; to emit a noise.
From you sounded out the word of the Lord. 1 Thes. i. 8.
Trumpet once more to sound at general doom. John Milton.
That with one blast through the whole house does bound,
And first taught speaking trumpets how to sound. Dryden.
Thither the silver sounding lyres
Shall call the smiling loves and young desires. Alexander Pope.
Why do you start, and seem to fear
Things that do sound so fair? William Shakespeare.
They being told there was small hope of ease
To be expected to their evils from hence,
Were willing at the first to give an ear
To any thing that sounded liberty. Ben Jonson, Catiline.
This relation sounds rather like a chymical dream than a philosophical truth. John Wilkins, Math. Magic.
In physics, sound is a vibration that propagates as an acoustic wave, through a transmission medium such as a gas, liquid or solid. In human physiology and psychology, sound is the reception of such waves and their perception by the brain. Only acoustic waves that have frequencies lying between about 20 Hz and 20 kHz, the audio frequency range, elicit an auditory percept in humans. In air at atmospheric pressure, these represent sound waves with wavelengths of 17 meters (56 ft) to 1.7 centimeters (0.67 in). Sound waves above 20 kHz are known as ultrasound and are not audible to humans. Sound waves below 20 Hz are known as infrasound. Different animal species have varying hearing ranges.
Sound is a form of energy that is transmitted through waves, typically in the form of vibrations or oscillations, which can be perceived by the human ear. It is created by the disturbance or movement of particles, such as molecules or atoms, in a medium, which can be a solid, liquid, or gas. Sound waves travel through the medium in a series of compressions and rarefactions, causing changes in air pressure. The human ear detects these pressure changes and converts them into electrical signals that the brain interprets as sound.
the air bladder of a fish; as, cod sounds are an esteemed article of food
whole; unbroken; unharmed; free from flaw, defect, or decay; perfect of the kind; as, sound timber; sound fruit; a sound tooth; a sound ship
healthy; not diseased; not being in a morbid state; -- said of body or mind; as, a sound body; a sound constitution; a sound understanding
firm; strong; safe
free from error; correct; right; honest; true; faithful; orthodox; -- said of persons; as, a sound lawyer; a sound thinker
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
heavy; laid on with force; as, a sound beating
undisturbed; deep; profound; as, sound sleep
founded in law; legal; valid; not defective; as, a sound title to land
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
to measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to ascertain the depth of by means of a line and plummet
fig.: To ascertain, or try to ascertain, the thoughts, motives, and purposes of (a person); to examine; to try; to test; to probe
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
to ascertain the depth of water with a sounding line or other device
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
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
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
noise without signification; empty noise; noise and nothing else
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
to be conveyed in sound; to be spread or published; to convey intelligence by sound
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
to causse to make a noise; to play on; as, to sound a trumpet or a horn
to cause to exit as a sound; as, to sound a note with the voice, or on an instrument
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
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
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
to signify; to import; to denote
Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]
Sound is a mechanical wave that is an oscillation of pressure transmitted through some medium, composed of frequencies within the range of hearing.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sownd, adj. safe, whole, entire: perfect: healthy, strong: profound: correct: orthodox: weighty.—adv. soundly, completely fast, as in sleep.—adv. Sound′ly.—n. Sound′ness. [A.S. gesund; Ger. gesund, and perh. L. sanus, sound.]
sownd, n. a narrow passage of water: a strait. [A.S. sund, a narrow arm of the sea, from swimman, to swim; Ger. sund, a strait.]
sownd, n. the air or swimming bladder of a fish. [A.S. sund, swimming.]
sownd, v.i. to make a noise: to utter a voice: to spread or be spread: to appear on narration.—v.t. to cause to make a noise: to utter audibly: to direct by a sound or audible signal: to examine by percussion: to publish audibly.—n. the impression produced on the ear by the vibrations of air: noise, particular quality of tone: report, hearing-distance: empty or meaningless noise.—p.adj. Sound′ing, making a sound or noise: having a magnificent sound.—ns. Sound′ing-board, Sound′-board, the thin plate of wood or metal which increases and propagates the sound of a musical instrument: the horizontal board or structure over a pulpit, reading-desk, &c., carrying the speaker's voice towards the audience; Sound′ing-post, Sound′-post, a support set under the bridge of a violin, for propagating the sounds to the body of the instrument.—adj. Sound′less, without sound, silent: not capable of being sounded, unfathomable. [M. E. sounen—O. Fr. soner—L. sonāre, to sound, sonus, a sound.]
sownd, v.t. to measure the depth of, esp. with a line and plummet: to probe: to try to discover a man's secret thoughts, wishes, &c.: to test: to introduce an instrument into the bladder to examine it.—v.i. to use the line and lead in ascertaining the depth of water.—n. a probe, an instrument to discover stone in the bladder.—ns. Sound′ing, the ascertaining the depth of water: (pl.) any part of the ocean where a sounding-line will reach the bottom; Sound′ing-lead, the weight at the end of a sounding-line; Sound′ing-line, a line with a plummet at the end for soundings; Sound′ing-rod, a rod for measuring water in a ship's hold. [O. Fr. sonder, to sound; acc. to Diez, from Low L. subundāre—L. sub, under, unda, a wave.]
sownd, n. (Spens.) swoon.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An alteration of pressure that propagates through an elastic medium.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
[Anglo-Saxon, sund]. An arm of the sea over the whole extent of which soundings may be obtained, as on the coasts of Norway and America. Also, any deep bay formed and connected by reefs and sand-banks. On the shores of Scotland it means a narrow channel or strait. Also, the air-bladder of the cod, and generally the swimming-bladder or "soundes of any fysshes." Also, a cuttle-fish.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
The velocity of sound in the air, at the temperature of 32° Fahr., is about 1090 feet in a second. It is increased or diminished 1.07 feet for each degree of temperature above or below 32°. The distance of an object can be ascertained by the report of fire-arms, by observing the number of seconds that elapse between the flash and the report of a gun, and multiplying the number by the velocity of sound in air.
British National Corpus
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Rank popularity for the word 'Sound' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1530
Rank popularity for the word 'Sound' in Nouns Frequency: #337
Rank popularity for the word 'Sound' in Verbs Frequency: #232
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The numerical value of Sound in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Sound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
What I was trying to do was actually capture the sound of being out in the ocean, when I'd be out there surfing, I could feel this thunderous sound. It was just like the screaming, the roar of the tiger. When I started banging on my guitar, I was trying to emulate that same sound - that fat, thick sound.
A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.
As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound.
Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol... If you think of Om only as a sound, a technique or a symbol of the Divine, you will miss it altogether. ….. Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.
I'm not sure I want to sound like a candidate. I just want to sound like an American who's trying to make this country a heck of a lot stronger, not a (typical) politician ... but somebody that's going to go in, do the job, not pay attention to all the special interest groups, change the status quo, shift power out of Washington and get America on the track again with strength in our military as well.
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- སྒྲTibetan Standard
- so, sonar, sòlid, saCatalan, Valencian
- zvuk, rozeznít, rozezvučet, znít, vyslovovat, solidní, zdravýCzech
- swnio, sŵn, swntWelsh
- lyd, lyde, lade, udtale, rask, lodde, sondere, prøve, sund, fornuftig, sikker, sonde, dykke, pejle, pålidelig, solidDanish
- Klang, Schall, erklingen, Laut, klingen, Sund, Sonde, sondieren, gesundGerman
- ήχος, στηθοσκόπιο, βολιδοσκοπώ, πορθμός, ακροώμαιGreek
- sono, soniEsperanto
- son, sonar, sonido, seno, sondear, sano, estrecho, sondaSpanish
- soinu, hots, soundBasque
- صدا, آواز, صدا دادن, تندرستPersian
- soida, [[päästää]] [[ääni]], kajahtaa, perustua, soittaa, ääni, äännähtää, törähtää, kuulostaa, ääntää, lausua, sondi, sukeltaa, kokeilla, sondeerata, luodata, kondiksessa, lahti, koetin, hyväkuntoinen, vuono, terve, tutkia, testata, koestaaFinnish
- ljóð, sundFaroese
- de, prononcer, sonner, son, exprimer, sain, sonder, sauf, complet, tester, solide, sonde, sûrFrench
- lûdWestern Frisian
- fuaim, sunda, bealach, caolas, béalIrish
- fuaimScottish Gaelic
- קוֹל, השמיע קול, יציב, בריאHebrew
- आवाज़, ध्वनीHindi
- hang, hangzás, sértetlen, egészséges, hibátlan, épHungarian
- հնչյուն, ձայնArmenian
- hljóða, hljóð, hljóma, sundIcelandic
- suonare, suono, insenatura, sanoItalian
- 音声, 関係する, 鳴らす, 音, 響き, 鳴る, 探子, 堅固な, 健全なる, 調べる, 探る, 健全な, 健康的な, 入り江, 潜るJapanese
- ಸ್ವಸ್ಥ, ಶಬ್ದKannada
- 音, 소리, 음Korean
- дабыш, добуш, тыбышKyrgyz
- sonō, sonus, sonitusLatin
- nganga, toiora, tāwēwē, auMāori
- глас, звук, звучи, озвучува, јак, силен, здрав, цврст, драга, сонда, сондираMacedonian
- ध्वनी, आवाजMarathi
- geluid, klinken, klank, geluid maken, toon voortbrengen, degelijkDutch
- ljod, lydNorwegian Nynorsk
- lyd, frisk, sunn, grei, sund, stødigNorwegian
- dźwięk, cieśninaPolish
- som, soar, profundo, enseada, sonda, sólido, sã, seguro, completo, sãoPortuguese
- sondar, sunar, sun, tunRomansh
- suna, sunet, robust, sigur, zdravăn, nevătămat, solid, intact, teafăr, sănătos, completRomanian
- звук, звучать, прозвучать, канал, хорошо, надёжный, крепкий, здоровый, пролив, прочныйRussian
- स्वर, शब्द, नाद, ध्वन्Sanskrit
- sonai, sonareSardinian
- zvuk, звукSerbo-Croatian
- සද්දෙSinhala, Sinhalese
- zvuk, prielivSlovak
- zvok, zveneti, zazvenetiSlovene
- ljud, låta, ljuda, sund, kry, friskSwedish
- సవ్వడి, శబ్దం, ధ్వనించు, మోగు, ధ్వని, మోగించుTelugu
- овоз, садоTajik
- ses, sağlıklı, iyiTurkish
- âm thanh, 音聲, âm, 音Vietnamese
- ton, saunikVolapük
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