What does sound mean?

Definitions for sound
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. soundnoun

    the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause

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

  2. sound, auditory sensationnoun

    the subjective sensation of hearing something

    "he strained to hear the faint sounds"

  3. soundnoun

    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. soundnoun

    the sudden occurrence of an audible event

    "the sound awakened them"

  5. audio, soundnoun

    the audible part of a transmitted signal

    "they always raise the audio for commercials"

  6. 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

  7. strait, soundnoun

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

  8. soundadjective

    a large ocean inlet or deep bay

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

  9. soundadjective

    financially secure and safe

    "sound investments"; "a sound economy"

  10. 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"

  11. soundadjective

    in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay

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

  12. good, soundadjective

    in excellent physical condition

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

  13. reasoned, sound, well-groundedadjective

    logically valid

    "a sound argument"

  14. legal, sound, effectualadjective

    having legal efficacy or force

    "a sound title to the property"

  15. soundadjective

    free from moral defect

    "a man of sound character"

  16. heavy, profound, sound, wakelessadjective

    (of sleep) deep and complete

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

  17. soundverb

    thorough

    "a sound thrashing"

  18. soundverb

    appear in a certain way

    "This sounds interesting"

  19. sound, goverb

    make a certain noise or sound

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

  20. soundverb

    give off a certain sound or sounds

    "This record sounds scratchy"

  21. soundverb

    announce by means of a sound

    "sound the alarm"

  22. voice, sound, vocalize, vocaliseverb

    utter with vibrating vocal chords

  23. soundverb

    cause to sound

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

  24. fathom, soundverb

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

Wiktionary

  1. Soundnoun

    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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soundnoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  2. Soundnoun

    a cuttlefish

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  5. Sound

    firm; strong; safe

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  6. Sound

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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  8. Sound

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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  9. Sound

    undisturbed; deep; profound; as, sound sleep

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  10. Sound

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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  11. Soundadverb

    soundly

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  12. Soundnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  13. Soundverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  14. Soundverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  15. Soundverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  16. Soundverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  17. Soundnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  18. Soundnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  19. Soundnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  20. Soundnoun

    noise without signification; empty noise; noise and nothing else

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  21. Soundverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  22. Soundverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  23. Soundverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  24. Soundverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  25. Soundverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  26. Soundverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  27. Soundverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  28. Soundverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

  29. Soundverb

    to signify; to import; to denote

    Etymology: [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See Sound a noise.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sound

    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.]

  2. 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.]

  3. Sound

    sownd, n. the air or swimming bladder of a fish. [A.S. sund, swimming.]

  4. Sound

    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.]

  5. 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.]

  6. Sound

    sownd, n. (Spens.) swoon.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Sound

    An alteration of pressure that propagates through an elastic medium.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sound

    [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

  1. sound

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. sound

    A type of energy, language, communication or expression we can hear.

    Sound is a type of energy we can hear.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 8, 2020  
  2. sound

    Trusted, financially secure and safe.

    He remarked that the gentleman was sound.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 8, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sound in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sound in a Sentence

  1. Interior Department:

    It may not sound like a lot of money to House Democrats who continually look for ways to spend us into obliteration.

  2. Benjamin Silberstein:

    Of course it's at least partially about the sanctions, just look at the way the letter is worded. They want to make it sound like sanctions equals starvation so the U.S. should really be benevolent and give them up.

  3. André Gide:

    Are you then unable to recognize unless it has the same sound as yours?

  4. Bill Kenwright:

    The songs take you somewhere you don't expect to go. They sound simple - but its deceptive.

  5. Terry Jones:

    Before the rise of sequencing there is a long historical record of disease outbreaks, some of which sound like smallpox, the further back in time you go, the less certain things are.

Images & Illustrations of sound

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    • A. dangerous
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