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Princeton's WordNet

  1. noisenoun

    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

    "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"

  2. noise, dissonance, racketnoun

    the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience

    "modern music is just noise to me"

  3. noise, interference, disturbancenoun

    electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication

  4. noisenoun

    a loud outcry of protest or complaint

    "the announcement of the election recount caused a lot of noise"; "whatever it was he didn't like it and he was going to let them know by making as loud a noise as he could"

  5. noisenoun

    incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks

    "all the noise in his speech concealed the fact that he didn't have anything to say"

  6. randomness, haphazardness, stochasticity, noiseverb

    the quality of lacking any predictable order or plan

  7. make noise, resound, noiseverb

    emit a noise


  1. noisenoun

    Various sounds, usually unwanted.

    He knew that it was trash day, when the garbage collectors made all the noise.

  2. noisenoun

    Sound or signal generated by random fluctuations

  3. noisenoun

    Unwanted part of a signal. (Signal to noise ratio)

  4. noisenoun

    The measured level of variation in gene expression among cells, regardless of source, within a supposedly identical population

  5. noisenoun

    rumour or complaint

    The problems with the new computer system are causing a lot of noise at Head Office.

  6. noiseverb

    To make noise.

  7. noiseverb

    To spread news of; to spread as rumor or gossip.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NOISEnoun

    Etymology: noise, French.

    Noises, as of waters falling down, sounded about them, and sad visions appeared unto them. Wisd. xvii. 4.

    Whether it were a whistling sound, or a melodious noise of birds among the spreading branches, these things made them swoon. Wisd. xvii. 18.

    Great motions in nature pass without sound or noise. The heavens turn about in a most rapid motion, without noise to us perceived; though in some dreams they have been said to make an excellent musick. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Shakes your hearts, while thro’ the isle they hear
    A lasting noise, as horrid and as loud
    As thunder makes, before it breaks the cloud. Edmund Waller.

    What noise have we had about transplantation of diseases, and transfusion of blood. Thomas Baker, on Learning.

    Socrates lived in Athens during the great plague, which has made so much noise through all ages, and never caught the least infection. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 195.

  2. To Noiseverb

    To spread by rumour, or report.

    All these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country. Luke i. 65.

    I shall not need to relate the affluence of young nobles from hence into Spain, after the voice of our prince’s being there had been quickly noised. Henry Wotton.

    They might buz and whisper it one to another; and tacitly withdrawing from the presence of the apostle, they then lift up their voices and noised it about the city. Richard Bentley.

  3. To Noiseverb

    To sound loud.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Those terrors, which thou speak’st of, did me none;
    Tho’ noising loud and threatning nigh. John Milton, P. Reg.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Noisenoun

    sound of any kind

  2. Noisenoun

    especially, loud, confused, or senseless sound; clamor; din

  3. Noisenoun

    loud or continuous talk; general talk or discussion; rumor; report

  4. Noisenoun

    music, in general; a concert; also, a company of musicians; a band

  5. Noiseverb

    to sound; to make a noise

  6. Noiseverb

    to spread by rumor or report

  7. Noiseverb

    to disturb with noise


  1. Noise

    In common use, the word noise means any unwanted sound. In physics and analog electronics, noise is a mostly unwanted random addition to a signal; it is called noise as a generalisation of the acoustic noise heard when listening to a weak radio transmission with significant electrical noise. Signal noise is heard as acoustic noise if the signal is converted into sound; it manifests as "snow" on a television or video image. High noise levels can block, distort, change or interfere with the meaning of a message in human, animal and electronic communication. In signal processing or computing noise can be considered random unwanted data without meaning; that is, data that is not being used to transmit a signal, but is simply produced as an unwanted by-product of other activities. "Signal-to-noise ratio" is sometimes used to refer to the ratio of useful to irrelevant information in an exchange. In biology, many different forms of cellular noise exist, where a measurement displays substantial variance around its mean: for example, transcriptional noise describes the variability in gene activity between cells in a population. In many cases, the special case of thermal noise arises, which sets a fundamental lower limit to what can be measured or signaled and is related to basic physical processes described by thermodynamics, some of which are expressible by simple formulae.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Noise

    noiz, n. sound of any kind: any over-loud or excessive sound, din: frequent or public talk: (Shak.) report: a musical band.—v.t. to spread by rumour.—v.i. to sound loud.—adjs. Noise′ful, noisy; Noise′less, without noise: silent.—adv. Noise′lessly.—n. Noise′lessness.—Make a noise in the world, to attract great notoriety. [Fr. noise, quarrel; prob. from L. nausea, disgust; but possibly from L. noxa, hurt—nocēre, to hurt.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Noise

    Any sound which is unwanted or interferes with HEARING other sounds.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'noise' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2339

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'noise' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1596

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'noise' in Nouns Frequency: #839

Anagrams for noise »

  1. eosin

  2. NESOI

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of noise in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of noise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of noise in a Sentence

  1. James Safechuck:

    He would run drills with me where we'd be in the hotel room and he would pretend like somebody was coming in and you had to get dressed as fast as possible without making noise.

  2. Paul Sciarra:

    In many cities that are already helipads that are there. But unfortunately, they're not used very frequently, and that's actually largely because of the noise of helicopters.

  3. Kobe Bryant:

    I didnt think it was going to crash.I just wanted to go outside and see what the noise was about.

  4. Pascal Blanque:

    The combination of the strong dollar and Fed noise, along with the commodity dynamics, means that Asia will be the place to be to a large extent.

  5. Anuradha Koirala:

    It's really very sad for me and for my children, this disaster, the noise and the way it shook, I cannot get over it. I was not afraid that I was going to be killed. I was afraid about what is going to happen next.

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