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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sounding making or having a sound as specified; used as a combining form "harsh-sounding"
    • adj sounding having volume or deepness "sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal","the sounding cataract haunted me like a passion"- Wordsworth"
    • adj sounding 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"
    • n sounding the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding line)
    • n sounding a measure of the depth of water taken with a sounding line
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sleeps so soundly sleeps so soundly

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At 188 decibels, the whistle of the blue whale is the loudest sound produced by any animal.
    • Sounding (Naut) Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom; -- usually in the plural.
    • a Sounding Making or emitting sound; hence, sonorous; as, sounding words.
    • Sounding (Naut) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained.
    • Sounding The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the senses of the several verbs).
    • Sounding (Naut) The sand, shells, or the like, that are brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Girls tend to sleep more soundly than boys.
    • n sounding The act or process of measuring the depth of anything; exploration, as with a plummet and line, or a sound.
    • n sounding The descent of a whale or of a fish to the bottom after being harpooned or hooked.
    • n sounding plural The depth of water in rivers, harbors, along shores, and even in the open seas, which is ascertained in the operation of sounding. The term is also used to signify any place or part of the ocean where a deep sounding-line will reach the bottom; also, the kind of ground or bottom where the line reaches. Soundings on English and American charts are expressed in fathoms, except in some harbor-charts where they are in feet. See deep-sea.
    • n sounding In comparatively shoal water: said of a whale in the Arctic Ocean. Bering Sea, Sea of Okhotsk, or in bays, lagoons, etc., whose depths may be readily fathomed.
    • n sounding The act of producing a sound or a noise; also, a sound or a noise produced; specifically, in music, compare sounds, intransitive verb, 2.
    • sounding Causing or producing sound; sonorous; resounding; making a noise.
    • sounding Having a magnificent or lofty sound; hence, bombastic: as, mere sounding phrases.
    • n sounding In astronomy, the investigation of the probable distance of the boundaries of the stellar universe by enumerating the number of stars visible in different regions in the field of a given telescope or on a photographic plate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through the air.
    • p.adj Sounding making a sound or noise: having a magnificent sound
    • ns Sounding the ascertaining the depth of water:
    • ns Sounding (pl.) any part of the ocean where a sounding-line will reach the bottom
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.”
  • Groucho Marx
    “There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of ones fellow man.”
  • Lady Bird Johnson
    Lady Bird Johnson
    “The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.”
  • Henry Block
    Henry Block
    “We like to test things... no matter how good an idea sounds, test it first.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.”


Safe and sound - If you arrive safe and sound, then nothing has harmed you on your way.
Sound as a bell - If something or someone is as sound as a bell, they are very healthy or in very good condition.
Sound as a pound - (UK) if something is as sound as a pound, it is very good or reliable.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. sonder, to sound; acc. to Diez, from Low L. subundāre—L. sub, under, unda, a wave.


In literature:

We do not see with the ear, nor hear with the eye, nor are we rendered sensible of sound by the nerves of the tongue.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The gunboat was alight with the flames of the quick reports, and the sound was continuous.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
Then he sounded three whistles, signaling as the rules of the road provide.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
A sound of animal noise unlike any other sound he had ever heard.
"The Monster" by S. M. Tenneshaw
Not a sound came to her, not a single, friendly sound.
"Stubble" by George Looms
A sound as though from a better world.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
They listened anxiously for the train to move, but there was no sound of bell or exhaust.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
As M. Levasseur ceased, there came through the open window the silvery sound of the minster bells.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Why, this house of yours might be a ship afloat a hundred miles from land, judging by the sounds of the waves.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
He may of course get pleasure from the sound of the story apart from its meaning much earlier.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
No sound reached me but the roar of distant surf, but it was a strangely muffled sound.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
After all, the name Dallas did sound Texas.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
I hear a sound like the stirring of a breeze among leaves, and another sound, a strange, faint hum.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
The sound of a bell came faintly to their ears through the clear morning air.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
The sound, Alan knew, had been coming to him as an undertone for many minutes; now it overwhelmed, swallowed all other sound.
"The Indian Drum" by William MacHarg
"The Telephone" by A. E. Dolbear
Stretched our tarpaulin and slept sound.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
They understand the sounds made by other monkeys of their own kind, and usually respond to them with a like sound.
"The Speech of Monkeys" by R. L. Garner
Always look up, when you hear that sound, and you will see the answer to your question written in the skies!
"The Guns of Europe" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Tommy shouted to Dodd, but the strident sounds of the moving legs drowned his cries.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930" by Victor Rousseau

In poetry:

Only a moaning sound
Came from the distant sea,
It was as if, like life,
It had no tranquillity.
"Hannibal's Oath" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
And all sweet sounds are thine,
Lovely to hear,
While night, o'er tomb and shrine,
Rests darkly clear.
"Roman Girl's Song" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
In kindly sound, a woman's voice
Is happiness alone;
And may it ever be my lot
To hear its tender tone.
"Woman" by Thomas Frederick Young
So charm'd was the stream
With the beauty around,
That it stopp'd in its course,
And it utter'd no sound;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Far away is the sea,
With its sound and its spirit tone;
Over it white clouds flee;
But I am alone, alone.
"Oh That A Wind" by George MacDonald
It hums; then swells. O chonguri,
Your sounds delightful over me flow
In unison of melody
"Song Of Natela" by Akaki Tsereteli

In news:

The colder it gets, the better a warm fire sounds, but you'll have to skip it on Wednesday, Dec 1.
The sound of F-16s, helicopters and other aircraft in the skies above Washington early Wednesday will likely be an exercise designed to maintain the nation's air defense network.
The Geneva Sound System Model XS travel alarm clock .
Far Away, the Sounds of Home.
One of the young bands leading the charge for local SoCal sounds is Los Feliz-based The Airborne Toxic Event.
In an Allegro Guitar Series program, one, two and three guitarists easily filled the space with lovely sounds.
It's the little things that make a strip club classy, like strictly enforced NO SWEATPANTS rules, ergonomically-sound couches in the Champagne Room, and bathroom attendants.
It started when, one day last week, I went to turn on the TV in the living room and it popped, which is never a good sound coming from a major appliance or electronic device.
I just got off the phone with someone who said "Sounds awesome" after I'd left an amazing message for someone else—my name and phone number.
IN EFFECT UNTIL SEP 16, 8:00 p.m. HOBE SOUND — Karen Gish of Hobe Sound, daughter of Paul and Patricia Gish of Manchester, Tenn.
True it mostly sounds like a Rage song, but with Tim McIlrath from Rise Against singing the majority of the song it has an awesome new kick-ass sound.
Stickman Sound owner and sound supervisor Fernando Delgado is a reality television audio expert.
This sounds like an internet rumor, but it's making the rounds online and it SOUNDS like it could be true.
Pop a "summer sounds" or "nature sounds" CD into the stereo and roast hot dogs and marshmallows in the fireplace or outside on a gas grill.
Rev up your appetite at Sound Sound racing-themed eateries.

In science:

At the beginning of the nineties, this claim sounded conclusive.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
We will show the soundness and completeness of system LPS.
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
There is no energy equation as the closure relation is provided by the observed velocity dispersion, treated here as the sound speed.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
However, there is no sound physical basis for such variations of the slope of the IMF.
The puzzlingly large Ca II triplet absorption in dwarf elliptical galaxies
The theory T is called to be sound if all the sentences belonging to T are true.
Boolos-style proofs of limitative theorems
Further, Q is sound by definition, thus T ′ is also sound.
Boolos-style proofs of limitative theorems
As shown in liquid 4H e, the speed of sound is exactly the same as the phonon velocity.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
The soundness, completeness and termination of the resolution procedure discussed in (Fisher 1991) have been established.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
Soundness and completeness results are established with respect to linear logic.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
This is determined by comparing the coupling parameter χ = ωc/Ω to the ratio of Alfv´en speed to sound speed, vA/cs .
Early Disk Evolution
However, when we have a characteristic length scale l besides the sound speed cs, then a(t) = l1−α (cs t)α is possible and the constant α may not be determined from the governing equations.
Kinematic self-similar solutions in general relativity
So, the above oscillations in the sound velocity appear due to the same reason as giant quantum oscillations in the sound attenuation studied in 3D metals.
Quantum oscillations in the high frequency magnetoacoustic response of a quasi-two-dimensional metal
Combining soundness and completeness of G¨odel’s embedding with Theorem 1 we obtain the following soundness and completeness result: Let t ∈ I P L and let t′ ∈ S T T as constructed above. t is valid in propositional intuitionistic logic if and only if t′ is valid in S T T .
Simple Type Theory as Framework for Combining Logics
Declare the functions of the sound ‘sound1 ()’ and ‘sound’.
Aero Fighter - 2D Gaming
The sound wavelength is λs ≃ 1.4 mm and the sound pulse length about Ls = 7 mm.
Time-resolved quantitative multiphase interferometric imaging of a highly focused ultrasound pulse