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.
- sound·ing·ly, adverb
- sound·ing·ness, noun
Other definitions for sounding (2 of 2)
Often soundings. the act of measuring the depth of an area of water with or as if with a lead and line.
Meteorology. any vertical penetration of the atmosphere for scientific measurement, especially a radiosonde observation.
- sound·ing·ly, adverb
- sound·ing·ness, noun
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How to use sounding in a sentence
They simply feed some text into the voice engine, and out will spool a crisp audio clip of a natural-sounding performance.AI voice actors sound more human than ever—and they’re ready to hire | Karen Hao | July 9, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
One of my favorite extension offerings is the boring-sounding but infinitely practical fact sheet.Extension services are the best free cooking resource. Here’s how to use them. | Becky Krystal | May 31, 2021 | Washington Post
Answering even seemingly basic sounding questions with existing IT, if you don’t have Expanse or ASM, is actually surprisingly hard.Better cybersecurity means finding the “unknown unknowns” | MIT Technology Review Insights | May 26, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
So you can listen as local radio host George Fisher plays a rather modern-sounding, red-carpet narrator during an unauthorized live broadcast of the 11th Academy Awards banquet, held in February 1939 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
To make a map, she first translated the echo soundings gathered by ships crossing the ocean into depths and then created two-dimensional vertical slices of the terrain beneath the ships’ tracks.Marie Tharp’s groundbreaking maps brought the seafloor to the world | Betsy Mason | January 13, 2021 | Science News
The advisor would cite reasonable-sounding sources like haltabuse.org and the FBI.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism | Arthur Chu | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Brown was still sounding the alarm about one particular firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, when he was arrested on September 12, 2012.Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous” | Kevin M. Gallagher | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He's dazzling, fielding questions, spinning out anecdotes and limericks, sounding 35 and hungry for publicity.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the ship hit the rocks, the sound of bells ringing and alarms sounding echoed in the theater.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His papier-mâché characters are either sounding boards or set dressing.
Nevertheless Monsieur de Biancourt was always on his guard, and often sent the boat on ahead with the sounding-lead.
On the 11th of May, the sounding lead was cast, and bottom was found at 80b fathoms; a sign that they were upon the Codfish Banks.
Pausing at the threshold before opening the door, the sonorous mumble sounding through the deal panels misled me.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
“He hath told us already, Princess,” said the other, his harsh accents sounding more like the snarl of a wolf than a human voice.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
The simplest form was the Doublette sounding the 15th and 22nd (the double and treble octave) of the note struck.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
British Dictionary definitions for sounding (1 of 2)
having an imposing sound and little content; pompous: sounding phrases
- soundingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for sounding (2 of 2)
(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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