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  1. 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.
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Origin of sone

1945–50; < Latin sonus sound1
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Historical Examples

  • You are to have a special care that the old fox and his sones do not escape your hands.

    The Jacobite Rebellions (1689-1746)

    James Pringle Thomson

British Dictionary definitions for sones


  1. a subjective unit of loudness equal to that experienced by a normal person hearing a 1 kHz tone at 40 dB
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Word Origin

C20: from Latin sonus a sound
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Word Origin and History for sones



unit of loudness, 1936, from Latin sonus (see sound (n.1)).

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