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ˈsaʊn dɪŋsound·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. soundingnoun

    a measure of the depth of water taken with a sounding line

  2. soundingadjective

    the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding line)

  3. looking, soundingadjective

    appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms

    "left their clothes dirty looking"; "a most disagreeable looking character"; "angry-looking"; "liquid-looking"; "severe-looking policemen on noble horses"; "fine-sounding phrases"; "taken in by high-sounding talk"

  4. soundingadjective

    having volume or deepness

    "sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal"; "the sounding cataract haunted me like a passion"- Wordsworth

  5. soundingadjective

    making or having a sound as specified; used as a combining form



  1. soundingnoun

    The action of the verb to sound

    The sounding of the bells woke me from sleep

  2. soundingnoun

    Testing with a probe

  3. soundingnoun

    A measured depth of water

    The sailor took a sounding every five minutes

  4. soundingnoun

    The act of inserting of a thin metal rod into the urethra of the penis for medical or sexual purposes

  5. soundingadjective

    Emitting a sound.

    The sounding bell woke me up.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Soundingadjective

    Sonorous; having a magnificent sound.

    Etymology: from sound.

    Obsolete words may then be revived, when more sounding or more significant than those in practice. Dryden.


  1. sounding

    Sounding refers to the action or process of measuring the depth of an area of water, typically using a line or pole, or by using sound waves. It can also refer to the action of producing or causing to produce a certain sound or echoing noise. In a broader sense, it can also mean exploring or investigating something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sounding

    of Sound

  2. Soundingadjective

    making or emitting sound; hence, sonorous; as, sounding words

  3. Soundingnoun

    the act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the senses of the several verbs)

  4. Soundingnoun

    measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained

  5. Soundingnoun

    any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom; -- usually in the plural

  6. Soundingnoun

    the sand, shells, or the like, that are brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom

  7. Etymology: [From Sound to fathom.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sounding

    The operation of ascertaining the depth of the sea, and the quality of the ground, by means of a lead and line, sunk from a ship to the bottom, where some of the ooze or sand adheres to the tallow in the hollow base of the lead. Also, the vertical diving of a whale when struck. It is supposed to strike the bottom, and will take 3 or 4 coils of whale-line, equal to 2000 feet.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sounding in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sounding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sounding in a Sentence

  1. Homer:

    Wide-sounding Zeus takes away half a man's worth on the day when slavery comes upon him.

  2. Krzysztof Iwaniuk:

    We are sounding an alarm that we use this historic opportunity, if we don't properly use these five minutes in history, it will be over.

  3. Kevin Demoff:

    SoFi Stadium Im a fan of alliteration, so I love it, that may be very 10th-grade English of me, but I think its a very natural-sounding name.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    There is an atmosphere of well-sounding oratory that likes to attach itself to dress clothes. Away with it

  5. Abhute Bahety:

    Since twitter is trending Stock Market hashtag now today and sounding positive sentiment, it is high time for retail investors to sell aggressively as very likely the market to sudden drop soon

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