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sonorousness

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

Sonorous \So*no"rous\, adjective [L. sonorus, fr. sonor, -oris, a sound, akin to sonus a sound. See {Sound}.]

1. Giving sound when struck; resonant; as, sonorous metals.

2. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a sonorous voice.

3. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; vocal; sonant; as, the vowels are sonorous.

4. Impressive in sound; high-sounding.

The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and familiarty of the thoughts, has something beautiful and sonorous in the expression. --Addison.

There is nothing of the artificial Johnsonian balance in his style. It is as often marked by a pregnant brevity as by a sonorous amplitude. --E. Everett.

5. (Med.) Sonant; vibrant; hence, of sounds produced in a cavity, deep-toned; as, sonorous rhonchi.

{Sonorous figures} (Physics), figures formed by the vibrations of a substance capable of emitting a musical tone, as when the bow of a violin is drawn along the edge of a piece of glass or metal on which sand is strewed, and the sand arranges itself in figures according to the musical tone. Called also {acoustic figures}.

{Sonorous tumor} (Med.), a tumor which emits a clear, resonant sound on percussion. -- {So*no"rous*ly}, adverb -- {So*no"rous*ness}, noun

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

sonorousness

noun

1: having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant [syn: {plangency}, {resonance}, {reverberance}, {ringing}, {sonorousness}, {sonority}, {vibrancy}]


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