- a unit for measuring the loudness of sound, equal to the loudness of a sound that, in the judgment of a group of listeners, is equal to that of a 1000-cycle-per-second reference sound having an intensity of 40 decibels.
Origin of sone
1945–50; < Latin sonus sound1
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Examples from the Web for sone
Thomas Tinker and his wife and sone all dyed in the first sicknes.Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'
In this yere Richard the sone of prynce Edward was born at Burdeux.
Also in this yere Richard the sone of prynce Edward was mad prynce of Walys.
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Jeremias said, 'That the baneis of King Jehoiakim sould widder with the sone.'
- a subjective unit of loudness equal to that experienced by a normal person hearing a 1 kHz tone at 40 dB
C20: from Latin sonus a sound
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Word Origin and History for sone
unit of loudness, 1936, from Latin sonus (see sound (n.1)).
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