sound

3
[ sound ]
/ saʊnd /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Surgery. a long, slender instrument for sounding or exploring body cavities or canals.

Origin of sound

3
1300–50; Middle English sounden < Old French sonder to plumb, derivative of sonde sounding line < ?

Related forms

sound·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sound out (1 of 6)

sound out


verb

(tr, adverb) to question (someone) in order to discover (opinions, facts, etc)

British Dictionary definitions for sound out (2 of 6)

sound

1
/ (saʊnd) /

noun

verb

See also sound off

Derived Forms

soundable, adjective

Word Origin for sound

C13: from Old French soner to make a sound, from Latin sonāre, from sonus a sound

British Dictionary definitions for sound out (3 of 6)

sound

2
/ (saʊnd) /

adjective

adverb

soundly; deeply: now archaic except when applied to sleep

Derived Forms

soundly, adverbsoundness, noun

Word Origin for sound

Old English sund; related to Old Saxon gisund, Old High German gisunt

British Dictionary definitions for sound out (4 of 6)

sound

3
/ (saʊnd) /

verb

to measure the depth of (a well, the sea, etc) by lowering a plumb line, by sonar, etc
to seek to discover (someone's views, etc), as by questioning
(intr) (of a whale, etc) to dive downwards swiftly and deeply
med
  1. to probe or explore (a bodily cavity or passage) by means of a sound
  2. to examine (a patient) by means of percussion and auscultation

noun

med an instrument for insertion into a bodily cavity or passage to dilate strictures, dislodge foreign material, etc
See also sound out

Word Origin for sound

C14: from Old French sonder, from sonde sounding line, probably of Germanic origin; related to Old English sundgyrd sounding pole, Old Norse sund strait, sound 4; see swim

British Dictionary definitions for sound out (5 of 6)

sound

4
/ (saʊnd) /

noun

a relatively narrow channel between two larger areas of sea or between an island and the mainland
an inlet or deep bay of the sea
the air bladder of a fish

Word Origin for sound

Old English sund swimming, narrow sea; related to Middle Low German sunt strait; see sound ³

British Dictionary definitions for sound out (6 of 6)

Sound

/ (saʊnd) /

noun

the Sound a strait between SW Sweden and Zealand (Denmark), linking the Kattegat with the Baltic: busy shipping lane; spanned by a bridge in 2000. Length of the strait: 113 km (70 miles). Narrowest point: 5 km (3 miles)Danish name: Øresund Swedish name: Öresund
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Science definitions for sound out (1 of 2)

sound

1
[ sound ]

A type of longitudinal wave that originates as the vibration of a medium (such as a person's vocal cords or a guitar string) and travels through gases, liquids, and elastic solids as variations of pressure and density. The loudness of a sound perceived by the ear depends on the amplitude of the sound wave and is measured in decibels, while its pitch depends on its frequency, measured in hertz.
The sensation produced in the organs of hearing by waves of this type. See Note at ultrasound.

Science definitions for sound out (2 of 2)

sound

2
[ sound ]

A long, wide inlet of the ocean, often parallel to the coast. Long Island Sound, between Long Island and the coast of New England, is an example.
A long body of water, wider than a strait, that connects larger bodies of water.
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Idioms and Phrases with sound out (1 of 2)

sound out


Seek the views or intentions of, as in We'd better sound out Mom about who's using the station wagon, or Let's sound out the staff before we decide which week we should close for vacation. This expression derives from sound meaning “to measure the depth of water by lowering a line or lead.” It was transferred to other kinds of inquiry in the late 1500s, but out was not added for several centuries.

Idioms and Phrases with sound out (2 of 2)

sound


In addition to the idioms beginning with sound

  • sound as a bell
  • sound bite
  • sound off
  • sound out

also see:

  • safe and sound
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