Sounding definition

soundĭng
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Noisy but with little significance.
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The act of one that sounds.
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A probe of the environment for scientific observation.
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A measured depth of water.
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Emitting a full sound; resonant.
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Making or giving forth sound.
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Resonant; sonorous.
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High-sounding; bombastic.
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Measurements learned or data acquired by sounding.
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An exploratory sampling, as of public opinion.
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The act of measuring the depth or examining the bottom of a body of water, etc. with or as with a weighted line.
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Depth so measured.
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A place, usually less than 100 fathoms (c. 180 m) in depth, where a sounding line will touch bottom.
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An examination of the atmosphere at or to a given height, as with a radiosonde.
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A probe of space, as with a rocket.
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The action of the verb to sound.

The sounding of the bells woke me from sleep.

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Testing with a probe or sonde.
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The sailor took a sounding every five minutes.

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The act of inserting of a thin metal rod into the urethra of the penis for medical or sexual purposes.
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(chiefly in the plural) Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom.
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The sand, shells, etc. brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.
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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.
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Emitting a sound.

The sounding bell woke me up.

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Present participle of sound.

Little Mary was sounding very sleepy, so I tucked her in bed.

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Water shallow enough for depth measurements to be taken by a hand line.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sounding
Plural:
soundings

Origin of sounding

  • From Latin 'sub undare', diving under (sub) the waves (unda), trough the Spanish and Portuguese contracted form 'sondar'

    From Wiktionary