- making or giving forth sound
- resonant; sonorous
- high-sounding; bombastic
- the act of measuring the depth or examining the bottom of a body of water, etc. with or as with a weighted line
- depth so measured
- [pl.] a place, usually less than 100 fathoms (c. 180 m) in depth, where a sounding line will touch bottom
- an examination of the atmosphere at or to a given height, as with a radiosonde
- a probe of space, as with a rocket
- [pl.] measurements learned or data acquired by sounding
- [often pl.] an exploratory sampling, as of public opinion
- The act of one that sounds.
- A probe of the environment for scientific observation.
- a. A measured depth of water.b. often soundings Water shallow enough for depth measurements to be taken by a hand line.
- Emitting a full sound; resonant.
- Noisy but with little significance.
- The action of the verb to sound.
- The sounding of the bells woke me from sleep.
- Testing with a probe or sonde.
- A measured depth of water.
- The sailor took a sounding every five minutes
- The act of inserting of a thin metal rod into the urethra of the penis for medical or sexual purposes
- (chiefly in the plural) Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom.
- The sand, shells, etc. brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- Present participle of sound.
- Little Mary was sounding very sleepy, so I tucked her in bed.
From Latin 'sub undare', diving under (sub) the waves (unda), trough the Spanish and Portuguese contracted form 'sondar'