sounding

1
[ soun-ding ]
/ ˈsaʊn dɪŋ /

adjective

emitting or producing a sound or sounds.
resounding or sonorous.
having an imposing sound; high-sounding; pompous.

noun

a verbal contest or confrontation, as among teenage boys or street-gang members, in which the trading of often elaborate insults and invective takes the place of physical violence.

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Origin of sounding

1
First recorded in 1275–1325; sound1 + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM sounding

sound·ing·ly, adverbsound·ing·ness, noun

Definition for sounding (2 of 2)

sounding2
[ soun-ding ]
/ ˈsaʊn dɪŋ /

noun

Often soundings. the act of measuring the depth of an area of water with or as if with a lead and line.
soundings,
  1. an area of water that can be sounded with an ordinary lead and line, the depth being 100 fathoms (180 meters) or less.
  2. the results or measurement obtained by sounding with a lead and line.
Meteorology. any vertical penetration of the atmosphere for scientific measurement, especially a radiosonde observation.

Origin of sounding

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Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at sound3, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM sounding

sound·ing·ly, adverbsound·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sounding (1 of 2)

sounding1
/ (ˈsaʊndɪŋ) /

adjective

resounding; resonant
having an imposing sound and little content; pompoussounding phrases

Derived forms of sounding

soundingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for sounding (2 of 2)

sounding2
/ (ˈsaʊndɪŋ) /

noun

(sometimes plural) the act or process of measuring depth of water or examining the bottom of a river, lake, etc, as with a sounding line
an observation or measurement of atmospheric conditions, as made using a radiosonde or rocketsonde
(often plural) measurements taken by sounding
(plural) a place where a sounding line will reach the bottom, esp less than 100 fathoms in depth
on soundings in waters less than 100 fathoms in depth
off soundings in waters more than 100 fathoms in depth
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