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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]:

Sounding \Sound"ing\, adjective Making or emitting sound; hence, sonorous; as, sounding words. --Dryden.

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

Sounding \Sound"ing\, noun

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

2. (Naut.) [From {Sound} to fathom.] (a) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained. (b) Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom; -- usually in the plural. (c) The sand, shells, or the like, that are brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.

{Sounding lead}, the plummet at the end of a sounding line.

{Sounding line}, a line having a plummet at the end, used in making soundings.

{Sounding post} (Mus.), a small post in a violin, violoncello, or similar instrument, set under the bridge as a support, for propagating the sounds to the body of the instrument; -- called also {sound post}.

{Sounding rod} (Naut.), a rod used to ascertain the depth of water in a ship's hold.

{In soundings}, within the eighty-fathom line. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

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



1: 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" [syn: {looking}, {sounding}]

2: having volume or deepness; "sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal"; "the sounding cataract haunted me like a passion"- Wordsworth

3: making or having a sound as specified; used as a combining form; "harsh-sounding"


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

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

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