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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
sound1 /saʊnd/USA pronunciation
to (cause to) give off sound: [~ + object]Sound the alarm.[no object]The alarm sounded.
[not: be + ~-ing; ~ + adjective/like/as if/as though] to give a certain impression when heard or read:His voice sounded strange. The engine backfire sounded like a gunshot. That procedure sounds as if it will work.
[~ + object] to give forth (a sound):The oboe sounded an A.
[~ + object] to order by a sound:The bugle sounded retreat.
sound off, [Informal.][no object]
- [uncountable] the sensation produced by vibrations that stimulate the nerves of the ear and can be heard:Sound travels at speeds slower than light.
- [countable] the particular effect produced by a certain source on one's hearing:the sound of fire engines.
- [countable] a noise, a word or part of a word produced by the voice, a musical tone, etc.:had trouble pronouncing the ö and ä sounds in Swedish.
- Music, Music and Dance[countable] a musical style characteristic of a certain group of performers:the Motown sound.
- [countable; usually singular;
usually: the + ~ + of + object] the quality of an event, letter, etc., as it affects a person:I don't like the sound of that report.
- [countable] the distance within which something can be heard:dozens of people within the sound of his voice.
- [uncountable] meaningless noise:all sound and fury.
- to call out one's name, as at a roll call.
- to call out the rhythm as one marches in formation.
sound out, to pronounce (a sound of a language), esp. carefully: [~ + out + object]to sound out the letters one after the other.[~ + object + out]If you don't know the word, sound it out.
sound•less, adj. See -son-.
sound2 /saʊnd/USA pronunciation
adj., -er, -est,adv.
- to speak frankly, indiscreetly, or too angrily:Quit sounding off about everything.
Medicinefree from injury, damage, or disease;
in good condition;
healthy:a sound body.
financially strong, secure, or reliable:a sound investment.
sensible; valid:sound judgment.
of solid character;
upright or honorable:sound values.
uninterrupted and untroubled; deep:woke up from a sound sleep.
vigorous, thorough, or severe:a sound thrashing.
deeply; thoroughly:She was sound asleep.
sound•ly, adv.: The team was soundly defeated.
sound•ness, n. [uncountable]
sound3 /saʊnd/USA pronunciation
sound•ing, n. [countable]to take a sounding.
sound4 /saʊnd/USA pronunciation
- Nautical, Naval Terms[~ + object] to measure the depth of (water, a deep hole, etc.) by letting down a lead weight at the end of a line.
- to ask for an opinion from (someone), by indirect ways: [~ + object + out]Let's sound him out about the reorganization plan.[~ + out + object]Always sound out your spouse before buying something expensive.
- [no object] to plunge downward or dive, such as a whale.
- a narrow passage of water between larger bodies of water or between the mainland and an island: [countable]long sounds along the coast.[used as part of a proper noun]Long Island Sound.
- an inlet or arm of the sea: [countable]a coastline of small, enclosed sounds.[used as part of a proper noun]Puget Sound.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sound /saʊnd/ n
- a periodic disturbance in the pressure or density of a fluid or in the elastic strain of a solid, produced by a vibrating object. It has a velocity in air at sea level at 0°C of 331 metres per second (741 miles per hour) and travels as longitudinal waves
- (as modifier): a sound wave
- the sensation produced by such a periodic disturbance in the organs of hearing
- anything that can be heard
- a particular instance, quality, or type of sound: the sound of running water
- volume or quality of sound: a radio with poor sound
- the area or distance over which something can be heard: to be born within the sound of Big Ben
- the impression or implication of something: I don't like the sound of that
- (often plural) slang music, esp rock, jazz, or pop
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French soner to make a sound, from Latin sonāre, from sonus a soundˈsoundable adj
- to cause (something, such as an instrument) to make a sound or (of an instrument, etc) to emit a sound
- to announce or be announced by a sound: to sound the alarm
- (intransitive) (of a sound) to be heard
- (intransitive) to resonate with a certain quality or intensity: to sound loud
- (copula) to give the impression of being as specified when read, heard, etc: to sound reasonable
- (transitive) to pronounce distinctly or audibly: to sound one's consonants
sound /saʊnd/ adj
- free from damage, injury, decay, etc
- firm; solid; substantial: a sound basis
- financially safe or stable: a sound investment
- showing good judgment or reasoning; sensible; wise: sound advice
- valid, logical, or justifiable: a sound argument
- holding approved beliefs; ethically correct; upright; honest
- (of sleep) deep; peaceful; unbroken
- thorough; complete: a sound examination
Etymology: Old English sund; related to Old Saxon gisund, Old High German gisuntˈsoundly adv ˈsoundness n
- soundly; deeply: now archaic except when applied to sleep
sound /saʊnd/ vb
- to measure the depth of (a well, the sea, etc) by lowering a plumb line, by sonar, etc
- to seek to discover (someone's views, etc), as by questioning
- (intransitive) (of a whale, etc) to dive downwards swiftly and deeply
- to probe or explore (a bodily cavity or passage) by means of a sound
- to examine (a patient) by means of percussion and auscultation
See also sound outEtymology: 14th Century: from Old French sonder, from sonde sounding line, probably of Germanic origin; related to Old English sundgyrd sounding pole, Old Norse sund strait, sound4; see swim
- an instrument for insertion into a bodily cavity or passage to dilate strictures, dislodge foreign material, etc
sound /saʊnd/ n
Etymology: Old English sund swimming, narrow sea; related to Middle Low German sunt strait; see sound³
- a relatively narrow channel between two larger areas of sea or between an island and the mainland
- an inlet or deep bay of the sea
- the air bladder of a fish
Sound /saʊnd/ n
- the Sound ⇒ a strait between SW Sweden and Zealand (Denmark), linking the Kattegat with the Baltic: busy shipping lane; spanned by a bridge in 2000. Length of the strait: 113 km (70 miles). Narrowest point: 5 km (3 miles)
Danish name: Øresund
Swedish name: Öresund