What does sound mean?

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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


  1. Sound(ProperNoun)

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

  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

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


  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.

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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  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. Craig Cooning:

    financially sound.

  2. Nicholas Chao:

    Both theories are sound.

  3. Jeffrey Halley:

    It doesn't sound like a lot.

  4. Scott Walker:

    That's the sound of a Harley.

  5. Firesign Theatre:

    im hungry safe sound and hungry.

Images & Illustrations of sound

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