- sound, especially of a loud, harsh, or confused kind: deafening noises.
- a sound of any kind: to hear a noise at the door.
- loud shouting, outcry, or clamor.
- a nonharmonious or discordant group of sounds.
- an electric disturbance in a communications system that interferes with or prevents reception of a signal or of information, as the buzz on a telephone or snow on a television screen.
- Informal. extraneous, irrelevant, or meaningless facts, information, statistics, etc.: The noise in the report obscured its useful information.
- Informal. rumor or gossip, especially slander.
- Usually noises. Informal. a statement or utterance that hints at or expresses a feeling or intention, especially without action being taken: There’s been some angry noise about the new curriculum. He’s making noises to the press about running for mayor. We’re hearing sympathetic noises from many countries, but haven't received any concrete offers of assistance.
- to spread, as a report or rumor; disseminate (usually followed by about or abroad): A new scandal is being noised about.
- to talk much or publicly.
- to make a noise, outcry, or clamor.
Origin of noise
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Examples from the Web for noise
The sound of birds, quail, even doe, make a wild grid of noise.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
The “rooty toot toot” is simply the noise the horns make, while “rummy tum tum” is the drums.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
That is a lot of air pollution, noise, and yet more kicking up of dust.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
For aesthetic reasons, ski resort operators try to limit the noise and infrastructure associated with producing power.Solar Powered Ski Lift
The Daily Beast
November 24, 2014
Equipped with sensors, the benches will be able to provide data on weather conditions, noise, and air quality.Parks and Regeneration
The Daily Beast
November 3, 2014
The birds feel it—and wonder at the tune that makes no noise.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
What was the use of all that noise and crowding and piggish hurry?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
You've come to torment us before the time; do cease this noise!Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
He might make a noise lying down and make not a sound getting up.Way of the Lawless
The house was quiet but for the noise of the wind and the rain, and those Cornelius did not hear.Weighed and Wanting
- a sound, esp one that is loud or disturbing
- loud shouting; clamour; din
- any undesired electrical disturbance in a circuit, degrading the useful information in a signalSee also signal-to-noise ratio
- undesired or irrelevant elements in a visual imageremoving noise from pictures
- talk or interestnoise about strikes
- (plural) conventional comments or sounds conveying a reaction, attitude, feeling, etcshe made sympathetic noises
- make a noise to talk a great deal or complain
- make noises about informal to give indications of one's intentionsthe government is making noises about new social security arrangements
- noises off theatre sounds made offstage intended for the ears of the audience: used as a stage direction
- (tr; usually foll by abroad or about) to spread (news, gossip, etc)
- (intr) rare to talk loudly or at length
- (intr) rare to make a din or outcry; be noisy
Word Origin and History for noise
early 13c., "loud outcry, clamor, shouting," from Old French noise "din, disturbance, uproar, brawl" (11c., in modern French only in phrase chercher noise "to pick a quarrel"), also "rumor, report, news," apparently from Latin nausea "disgust, annoyance, discomfort," literally "seasickness" (see nausea).
Another theory traces the Old French word to Latin noxia "hurting, injury, damage." OED considers that "the sense of the word is against both suggestions," but nausea could have developed a sense in Vulgar Latin of "unpleasant situation, noise, quarrel" (cf. Old Provençal nauza "noise, quarrel"). Meaning "loud or unpleasant sound" is from c.1300. Replaced native gedyn (see din).
late 14c., "to praise; to talk loudly about," from noise (n.). Related: Noised; noising.