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Sound

12 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sounding}.] [F. sonder; cf. AS. sundgyrd a sounding rod, sundline a sounding line (see {Sound} a narrow passage of water).]

1. To measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to ascertain the depth of by means of a line and plummet.

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

I was in jest, And by that offer meant to sound your breast. --Dryden.

I've sounded my Numidians man by man. --Addison.

3. (Med.) 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, noun [AS. sund a swimming, akin to E. swim. See {Swim}.] The air bladder of a fish; as, cod sounds are an esteemed article of food.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, noun (Zool.) A cuttlefish. [Obs.] --Ainsworth.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, adjective [Compar. {Sounder}; superl. {Soundest}.] [OE. sound, AS. sund; akin to D. gezond, G. gesund, OHG. gisunt, Dan. & Sw. sund, and perhaps to L. sanus. Cf. {Sane}.]

1. Whole; unbroken; unharmed; free from flaw, defect, or decay; perfect of the kind; as, sound timber; sound fruit; a sound tooth; a sound ship.

2. Healthy; not diseased; not being in a morbid state; -- said of body or mind; as, a sound body; a sound constitution; a sound understanding.

3. Firm; strong; safe.

The brasswork here, how rich it is in beams, And how, besides, it makes the whole house sound. --Chapman.

4. Free from error; correct; right; honest; true; faithful; orthodox; -- said of persons; as, a sound lawyer; a sound thinker.

Do not I know you a favorer Of this new seat? Ye are nor sound. --Shak.

5. 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.

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me. --2 Tim. i. 13.

6. heavy; laid on with force; as, a sound beating.

7. Undisturbed; deep; profound; as, sound sleep.

8. Founded in law; legal; valid; not defective; as, a sound title to land.

Note: Sound is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sound-headed, sound-hearted, sound-timbered, etc.

{Sound currency} (Com.), a currency whose actual value is the same as its nominal value; a currency which does not deteriorate or depreciate or fluctuate in comparision with the standard of values.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, adverb Soundly.

So sound he slept that naught might him awake. --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, noun [AS. sund a narrow sea or strait; akin to Icel., Sw., Dan. & G. sund, probably so named because it could be swum across. See {Swim}.] (Geog.) 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.

The Sound of Denmark, where ships pay toll. --Camden.

{Sound dues}, tolls formerly imposed by Denmark on vessels passing through the Baltic Sound.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, verb (used without an object) To ascertain the depth of water with a sounding line or other device.

I sound as a shipman soundeth in the sea with his plummet to know the depth of sea. --Palsgrave.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, noun [F. sonde. See {Sound} to fathom.] (Med.) 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, noun [OE. soun, OF. son, sun, F. son, fr. L. sonus akin to Skr. svana sound, svan to sound, and perh. to E. swan. Cf. {Assonant}, {Consonant}, {Person}, {Sonata}, {Sonnet}, {Sonorous}, {Swan}.]

1. 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.

The warlike sound Of trumpets loud and clarions. --Milton.

2. 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.

Note: In this sense, sounds are spoken of as audible and inaudible.

3. Noise without signification; empty noise; noise and nothing else.

Sense and not sound . . . must be the principle. --Locke.

{Sound boarding}, boards for holding pugging, placed in partitions of under floors in order to deaden sounds.

{Sound bow}, in a series of transverse sections of a bell, that segment against which the clapper strikes, being the part which is most efficacious in producing the sound. See Illust. of {Bell}.

{Sound post}. (Mus.) See {Sounding post}, under {Sounding}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, verb (used without an object) [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See {Sound} a noise.]

1. 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. "And first taught speaking trumpets how to sound." --Dryden.

How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues! --Shak.

2. To be conveyed in sound; to be spread or published; to convey intelligence by sound.

From you sounded out the word of the Lord. --1 Thess. i. 8.

3. 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.

Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair? --Shak.

{To sound in} or {To sound into}, to tend to; to partake of the nature of; to be consonant with. [Obs., except in the phrase To sound in damages, below.]

Soun[d]ing in moral virtue was his speech. --Chaucer.

{To sound in damages} (Law), to have the essential quality of damages. This is said of an action brought, not for the recovery of a specific thing, as replevin, etc., but for damages only, as trespass, and the like.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sound \Sound\, verb (used with an object)

1. To cause to make a noise; to play on; as, to sound a trumpet or a horn; to sound an alarm.

A bagpipe well could he play and soun[d]. --Chaucer.

2. To cause to exit as a sound; as, to sound a note with the voice, or on an instrument.

3. 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.

The clock sounded the hour of noon. --G. H. Lewes.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. To signify; to import; to denote. [Obs.] --Milton.

Soun[d]ing alway the increase of his winning. --Chaucer.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sound

adjective

1: financially secure and safe; "sound investments"; "a sound economy" [ant: {unsound}]

2: 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" [syn: {healthy}, {intelligent}, {levelheaded}, {level-headed}, {sound}]

3: in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay; "a sound timber"; "the wall is sound"; "a sound foundation" [ant: {unsound}]

4: in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body" [syn: {good}, {sound}]

5: logically valid; "a sound argument" [syn: {reasoned}, {sound}, {well-grounded}]

6: having legal efficacy or force; "a sound title to the property" [syn: {legal}, {sound}, {effectual}]

7: free from moral defect; "a man of sound character"

8: (of sleep) deep and complete; "a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep" [syn: {heavy}, {profound}, {sound}, {wakeless}]

9: thorough; "a sound thrashing"

noun

1: the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause; "the sound of rain on the roof"; "the beautiful sound of music" [ant: {quiet}, {silence}]

2: the subjective sensation of hearing something; "he strained to hear the faint sounds" [syn: {sound}, {auditory sensation}]

3: 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: the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"

5: the audible part of a transmitted signal; "they always raise the audio for commercials" [syn: {audio}, {sound}]

6: (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language [syn: {phone}, {speech sound}, {sound}]

7: a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water [syn: {strait}, {sound}]

8: a large ocean inlet or deep bay; "the main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast"

verb

1: appear in a certain way; "This sounds interesting"

2: make a certain noise or sound; "She went 'Mmmmm'"; "The gun went 'bang'" [syn: {sound}, {go}]

3: give off a certain sound or sounds; "This record sounds scratchy"

4: announce by means of a sound; "sound the alarm"

5: utter with vibrating vocal chords [syn: {voice}, {sound}, {vocalize}, {vocalise}] [ant: {devoice}]

6: cause to sound; "sound the bell"; "sound a certain note"

7: measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line [syn: {fathom}, {sound}]

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