Sound meaning

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Sound is vibration in air and water that stimulate the nerves inside the ears to create the sensation of hearing.

An example of sound is music.

An example of sound is voices.

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The definition of sound is someone or something that is in good condition.

An example of sound is a well made chair.

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The definition of a sound is a wide channel or strait linking two large bodies of water.

An example of sound is the English Channel.

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Sound is defined as to have a particular tone or seem a certain way.

An example of sound is someone's voice being deep.

An example of sound is someone's voice seeming scared.

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The swim bladder of a fish.
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The distance over which something can be heard.

Within sound of my voice.

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Rumor; report.
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A distinctive noise.

A hollow sound.

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Auditory material that is recorded, as for a movie.
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Meaningless noise.
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A distinctive style, as of an orchestra or singer.
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To present a particular impression.

That argument sounds reasonable.

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To cause to give forth or produce a sound.

Sounded the gong.

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To summon, announce, or signal by a sound.

Sound a warning.

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To articulate; pronounce.

Sound a vowel.

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To make known; celebrate.
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To examine (a body organ or part) by causing to emit sound; auscultate.
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Free from defect, decay, or damage; in good condition.

Is the bridge sound?

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Free from disease or injury.
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Thorough; complete.

Gave their rivals a sound thrashing.

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Deep and unbroken; undisturbed.

A sound sleep.

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Compatible with an accepted point of view; orthodox.

Sound doctrine.

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Thoroughly; deeply.

Sound asleep.

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To measure the depth of (water), especially by means of a weighted line; fathom.
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To try to learn the attitudes or opinions of.

Sounded out her feelings.

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To probe (a body cavity) with a sound.
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To measure depth.
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To dive swiftly downward. Used of a marine mammal or a fish.
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To look into a possibility; investigate.
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An instrument used to examine or explore body cavities, as for foreign bodies or other abnormalities, or to dilate strictures in them.
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The distance within which a given sound may be heard; earshot.

Within sound of the bells.

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The mental impression produced by the way something is worded; tenor; drift.

The sound of his report.

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Meaningless noise; racket.
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To make a sound or sounds.
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To have a particular tone or quality of sound.

Your voice sounds hoarse.

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To seem, from the sound or manner of utterance.

To sound troubled.

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A long inlet or arm of the sea.
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To seem to be or appear to be, based on information one has heard.

Their plan sounds crazy.

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To express, signal, indicate, or announce.

The clock sounds the hour.

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To make widely known; proclaim.

To sound someone's praises.

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To examine (the chest) by auscultation or percussion.
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Free from defect, damage, or decay; whole and in good condition.

Sound timber.

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Normal and healthy; not weak, diseased, or impaired.

A sound body and mind.

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Based on truth or valid reasoning; accurate, reliable, judicious, sensible, etc.

Sound advice.

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Agreeing with established views or beliefs; not heterodox.

Sound doctrine.

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Thorough, solid, substantial, forceful, etc.

A sound defeat.

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Deep and undisturbed.
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Morally strong; honest, honorable, loyal, etc.
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Legally valid.

A sound title to a property.

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Completely; deeply.

Sound asleep.

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A wide channel or strait linking two large bodies of water or separating an island from the mainland.
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The swim bladder of certain fishes.
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To examine with a sound, or probe.
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To sound water or a body of water.
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To dive suddenly downward through the water.
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To try to find out something, as by roundabout questioning.
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A long probe used in examining body cavities.
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A distinctive noise.

A hollow sound.

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The distance over which something can be heard.

Within sound of my voice.

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To articulate; pronounce.

Sound a vowel.

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To present a particular impression.

That argument sounds reasonable.

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To examine a body organ or part by causing to emit sound; auscultate.
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Free from defect, decay, or damage; in good condition.

Is the bridge sound?

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Free from disease or injury.
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Deep and unbroken; undisturbed.

A sound sleep.

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Thoroughly; deeply.

Sound asleep.

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To probe a body cavity with a sound.
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An instrument used to examine or explore body cavities, as for foreign bodies or other abnormalities, or to dilate strictures in them.
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A type of longitudinal wave that originates as the vibration of a medium (such as a person's vocal cords or a guitar string) and travels through gases, liquids, and elastic solids as variations of pressure and density. The loudness of a sound perceived by the ear depends on the amplitude of the sound wave and is measured in decibels, while its pitch depends on its frequency, measured in hertz.
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The sensation produced in the organs of hearing by waves of this type.
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A long, wide inlet of the ocean, often parallel to the coast. Long Island Sound, between Long Island and the coast of New England, is an example.
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A long body of water, wider than a strait, that connects larger bodies of water.
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In good health, both physically and mentally (sound of body and mind); marketable (property); undamaged, form taken by a document, as in “the complaint sounds in negligence.”
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He was safe and sound.

In horse management a sound horse is one with no health problems that might affect its suitability for its intended work.

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Fred assured me the floorboards were sound.

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(mathematics, logic) (argument, logical system) Having the soundness property.
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(UK, slang) Good.

"How are you?" - "I'm sound."

That's a sound track you're playing.

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(of sleep) Quiet and deep. Sound asleep means sleeping peacefully, often deeply.

Her sleep was sound.

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Heavy; laid on with force.

A sound beating.

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Founded in law; legal; valid; not defective.

A sound title to land.

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Soundly.
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(UK, slang) Yes; used to show agreement or understanding, generally without much enthusiasm.

"I found my jacket." - "Sound."

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A sensation perceived by the ear caused by the vibration of air or some other medium.

Nobody made a sound.

He turned when he heard the sound of footsteps behind him.

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A vibration capable of causing this.
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(music) A distinctive style and sonority of a particular musician, orchestra etc.
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Noise without meaning; empty noise.
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(intransitive) To produce a sound.

When the horn sounds, take cover.

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(intransitive, copulative) To convey an impression by one's sound.

He sounded good when we last spoke.

That story sounds like a pack of lies!

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(intransitive) To be conveyed in sound; to be spread or published; to convey intelligence by sound.
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(intransitive, law) Often with "in"; to arise or to be recognizable as arising within a particular area of law.
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To cause to produce a sound.

He sounds the instrument.

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(phonetics) To pronounce a vowel or a consonant.

The "e" in "house" isn't sounded.

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(geography) A long narrow inlet, or a strait between the mainland and an island; also, a strait connecting two seas, or connecting a sea or lake with the ocean.

Puget Sound; Owen Sound.

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(intransitive) Dive downwards, used of a whale.

The whale sounded and eight hundred feet of heavy line streaked out of the line tub before he ended his dive.

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

When I sounded him, he appeared to favor the proposed deal.

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Test; ascertain the depth of water with a sounding line or other device.

Mariners on sailing ships would sound the depth of the water with a weighted rope.

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(medicine) To examine with the instrument called a sound, or by auscultation or percussion.

To sound a patient, or the bladder or urethra.

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A long, thin probe for sounding body cavities or canals such as the urethra.
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The air bladder of a fish.

Cod sounds are an esteemed article of food.

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

Didn't like the sound of the invitation.

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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of sound

  • Middle English sounden from Old French sonder from sonde sounding line probably of Germanic origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English soun from Old French son from Latin sonus swen- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English from Old English sund swimming, sea
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English from Old English gesund
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English sound, sund, isund, ȝesund, from Old English sund, Ä¡esund (“sound, safe, whole, uninjured, healthy, prosperous"), from Proto-Germanic *gasundaz, *sundaz (“healthy"), from Proto-Indo-European *sunt-, *swent- (“vigorous, active, healthy"). Cognate with Scots sound, soun (“healthy, sound"), Saterland Frisian suund, gesuund (“healthy"), West Frisian sûn (“healthy"), Dutch gezond (“healthy, sound"), Low German sund, gesund (“healthy"), German gesund (“healthy, sound"), Danish sund (“healthy"), Swedish sund (“sound, healthy"), Irish fétaid (“to be able"). Related also to German geschwind (“fast, quick"), Old English swīþ (“strong, mighty, powerful, active, severe, violent"). See swith.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle English sound, sund, from Old English sund (“the power, capacity, or act of swimming; swimming; sea; ocean; water; sound; strait; channel"), from Proto-Germanic *sundÄ… (“swimming; sound"), from Proto-Indo-European *swem- (“swimming; sea"). Cognate with Dutch sond (“sound; strait"), Danish sund (“sound; strait; channel"), Swedish sund (“sound; strait; channel"), Icelandic sund (“sound; strait; channel"). Related to swim.
    From Wiktionary
  • Middle English sounden, from Old French sonder, from sonde (“sounding line") of Germanic origin, compare Old English sundgyrd (“a sounding rod"), sundline (“a sounding line"), Old English sund (“water", "sea"). More at Etymology 3 above
    From Wiktionary
  • Noun: from Middle English sownde, alteration of sowne, from Anglo-Norman sun, soun, Old French son, from accusative of Latin sonus.
    From Wiktionary
  • Verb: from Middle English sownden, sounen, from Anglo-Norman suner, Old French soner (modern sonner), from Latin sonare
    From Wiktionary
  • Old English sund, a swimming, akin to modern swim.
    From Wiktionary
  • From the common noun sound (“strait, inlet").
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  • The euphonic -d appears in the fifteenth century.
    From Wiktionary