Definition of Sound
1. Noun. The particular auditory effect produced by a given cause. "The beautiful sound of music"
Generic synonyms: Sound Property
2. Verb. Appear in a certain way. "John will sound angry"; "This sounds interesting"
3. Adjective. Financially secure and safe. "A sound economy"
Similar to: Dependable, Good, Safe, Secure, Healthy, Solid, Stable
Derivative terms: Soundness
4. Noun. The subjective sensation of hearing something. "He strained to hear the faint sounds"
Generic synonyms: Aesthesis, Esthesis, Sensation, Sense Datum, Sense Experience, Sense Impression
Specialized synonyms: Euphony, Music, Music, Pure Tone, Tone, Dissonance, Noise, Racket, Dub
5. Verb. Make a certain noise or sound. "The woods sound with many kinds of birds "; "The gun went `bang'"
Specialized synonyms: Snarl, Sing, Whistle, Blow, Ting, Make Noise, Noise, Resound, Splat, Twang, Clang, Clangor, Clank, Clangor, Clangour, Boom, Boom Out, Beat, Drum, Thrum, Rattle, Beat, Tick, Ticktack, Ticktock, Resonate, Vibrate, Crash, Tweet, Twirp, Skirl, Gurgle, Glug, Blow, Whish, Guggle, Ping, Knock, Ping, Pink, Trump, Squelch, Chug, Peal, Ring, Bombilate, Bombinate, Buzz, Chime, Rustle, Crack, Snap, Crack, Beep, Blare, Claxon, Honk, Toot, Whistle, Echo, Resound, Reverberate, Ring, Thud, Thump, Clop, Clump, Clunk, Plunk, Patter, Pitter-patter, Knock, Pink, Rap, Tap, Click, Tick, Chatter, Click, Pop, Chink, Clink, Tink, Tinkle, Slosh, Slush, Splash, Splosh, Hum, Thrum, Bleep, Grumble, Rumble, Boom, Din, Bang, Babble, Bubble, Burble, Guggle, Gurgle, Ripple, Lap, Swish, Swoosh, Swosh, Drone, Birr, Purr, Whir, Whirr, Whiz, Whizz, Roll
Generic synonyms: Cause To Be Perceived
6. Adjective. Exercising or showing good judgment. "No sound explanation for his decision"
7. Noun. Mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium. "Falling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them"
8. Verb. Give off a certain sound or sounds. "This record sounds scratchy"
9. Adjective. In good condition; free from defect or damage or decay. "A sound foundation"
10. Noun. The sudden occurrence of an audible event. "The sound awakened them"
Specialized synonyms: Bong, Beat, Beep, Bleep, Bell, Toll, Bombilation, Bombination, Buzz, Chink, Click, Clink, Chirp, Chirrup, Twitter, Chorus, Click-clack, Clip-clop, Clippety-clop, Clop, Clopping, Clumping, Clunking, Cry, Ding, Drip, Dripping, Drum, Footfall, Footstep, Step, Gargle, Gurgle, Jangle, Jingle, Knock, Knocking, Murmur, Murmuration, Murmuring, Mussitation, Mutter, Muttering, Noise, Drum Roll, Paradiddle, Roll, Pat, Rap, Tap, Patter, Peal, Pealing, Roll, Rolling, Ping, Plunk, Pop, Popping, Purr, Quack, Quaver, Ring, Ringing, Tintinnabulation, Drumbeat, Rataplan, Rub-a-dub, Sigh, Skirl, Song, Strum, Susurration, Susurrus, Swish, Tapping, Throbbing, Clump, Clunk, Thud, Thump, Thumping, Thrum, Thunk, Tick, Ticking, Ting, Tinkle, Toot, Tootle, Trample, Trampling, Twang, Vibrato, Voice, Vroom, Whack, Birr, Whir, Whirr, Whirring, Whistle, Whistling, Whiz, Zing, Zizz
11. Verb. Announce by means of a sound. "Sound the alarm"
12. Adjective. In excellent physical condition. "A sound mind in a sound body"
13. Noun. The audible part of a transmitted signal. "They always raise the audio for commercials"
Group relationships: Telecasting, Television, Tv, Video
Generic synonyms: Auditory Communication
14. Verb. Utter with vibrating vocal chords.
Generic synonyms: Articulate, Enounce, Enunciate, Pronounce, Say, Sound Out
Specialized synonyms: Chirk, Quaver, Waver
Derivative terms: Sonant, Vocalisation, Vocaliser, Vocalization, Vocalizer, Vocalizer, Voice, Voice
15. Adjective. Logically valid. "A sound argument"
16. Noun. (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language.
Category relationships: Phonetics
Generic synonyms: Language Unit, Linguistic Unit
Group relationships: Utterance, Vocalization
Specialized synonyms: Phoneme, Vowel, Vowel Sound, Glide, Semivowel, Consonant, Orinasal, Orinasal Phone, Sonant, Voiced Sound
Derivative terms: Phonate, Phonetic, Phonetic, Phonic, Phonic
17. Verb. Cause to sound. "Sound a certain note"
Also: Sound Off
18. Adjective. Having legal efficacy or force. "A sound title to the property"
19. Noun. A narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water.
Specialized synonyms: Canakkale Bogazi, Dardanelles, Hellespont, East River, Bering Strait, Bosporus, Cook Strait, Golden Gate, Kattegatt, Korea Strait, Korean Strait, Menai Strait, North Channel, Skagerak, Skagerrak, Solent, Strait Of Georgia, Strait Of Gibraltar, Strait Of Hormuz, Strait Of Ormuz, Strait Of Magellan, Strait Of Messina, Pas De Calais, Strait Of Calais, Strait Of Dover, Torres Strait
Generic synonyms: Channel
Specialized synonyms: Narrow
20. Verb. Measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line.
Generic synonyms: Measure, Quantify
Derivative terms: Fathom, Sounder, Sounding, Sounding
21. Adjective. Free from moral defect. "A man of sound character"
22. Noun. A large ocean inlet or deep bay. "The main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast"
Specialized synonyms: Long Island Sound, Puget Sound, Queen Charlotte Sound
23. Adjective. (of sleep) deep and complete. "Deep wakeless sleep"
24. Adjective. Thorough. "A sound thrashing"
Definition of Sound
1. n. The air bladder of a fish; as, cod sounds are an esteemed article of food.
2. n. A cuttlefish.
3. a. Whole; unbroken; unharmed; free from flaw, defect, or decay; perfect of the kind; as, sound timber; sound fruit; a sound tooth; a sound ship.
4. adv. Soundly.
5. n. 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.
6. v. t. To measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to ascertain the depth of by means of a line and plummet.
7. v. i. To ascertain the depth of water with a sounding line or other device.
8. n. 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.
9. n. 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.
10. v. i. 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.
11. v. t. To causse to make a noise; to play on; as, to sound a trumpet or a horn.
Definition of Sound
1. Proper noun. The strait that separates Zealand (an island of Denmark) from Scania (part of Sweden); also sometimes called by the Danish name, Øresund. ¹
2. Adjective. Healthy. ¹
3. Adjective. Complete, solid, or secure. ¹
4. Adjective. (mathematics logic) (context: argument logical system) having the soundness property. ¹
5. Adjective. (British slang) Good. ¹
6. Adjective. (context: of sleep) Quiet and deep. (non-gloss definition ''Sound asleep'' means ''sleeping peacefully, often deeply''.) ¹
7. Interjection. (British slang) Yes; used to show agreement or understanding, generally without much enthusiasm. ¹
8. Noun. A sensation perceived by the ear caused by the vibration of air or some other medium. ¹
9. Noun. A vibration capable of causing this. ¹
10. Noun. (music) A distinctive style and sonority of a particular musician, orchestra etc ¹
11. Verb. (intransitive) To produce a sound. ¹
12. Verb. (intransitive copulative) To convey an impression by one's sound. ¹
13. Verb. (intransitive legal) To arise or to be recognizable as arising within a particular area of law. ¹
14. Verb. (transitive) To cause to produce a sound. ¹
15. Verb. (phonetics) To pronounce a vowel or a consonant. ¹
16. Noun. (geography): Long narrow inlet. (Puget Sound, Owen Sound, etc.) ¹
17. Verb. (intransitive) dive downwards, used of a whale. ¹
18. Verb. (transitive) probe ¹
19. Verb. test ¹
20. Noun. A probe (e.g. a surgeon's tool) ¹
21. Noun. A sex toy comparable to a very narrow dildo inserted into a penis through the urethra ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Sound
1. being in good health or condition [adj SOUNDER, SOUNDEST] / to make a sound (something that stimulates the auditory receptors) [v -ED, -ING, -S]
Medical Definition of Sound
The air bladder of a fish; as, cod sounds are an esteemed article of food.
Origin: AS. Sund a swimming, akin to E. Swim. See Swim.
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.
Sound is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sound-headed, sound-hearted, sound-timbered, etc. Sound currency, 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.
Origin: OE. Sound, AS. Sund; akin to D. Gezond, G. Gesund, OHG. Gisunt, Dan. & Sw. Sund, and perhaps to L. Sanus. Cf. Sane.
Lexicographical Neighbors of Sound
Literary usage of Sound
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. South: The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition, 1914-1917 by Ernest Henry Shackleton (1920)
"When the Discovery finally left McMurdo sound, the hut was stripped of all gear, ... I was not aware of this until I returned to McMurdo sound in February, ..."
2. From Latin to Spanish by Paul M. Lloyd (1987)
"CHAPTER ON THE NATURE OF LINGUISTIC CHANGE sound CHANGE AND sound LAWS One of the great accomplishments of historical linguistics in the nineteenth century ..."
3. Transactions of the Association of American Physicians by Association of American Physicians (1901)
"There is no doubt in my mind that everyone here has heard this sound, ... The title of my paper is, therefore, correct, even if it is not a new sound. ..."
4. A Text-book of Physics by J[ohn] H[enry] Poynting (1900)
"sound. CHAPTER I. THE NATURE OF sound AND ITS CHIEF CHARACTERISTICS. ... of sound and sound-Waves—Characteristics of Waves— Characteristics of sounds ..."
5. Principles of Physics, Or Natural Philosophy: Designed for the Use of by Benjamin Silliman (1865)
"sound has been carried by the atmosphere to the distance of three hundred and ... Reflection of sound.—When the waves of air on which sound is being borne ..."