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.

Origin of sounding

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

Related forms

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

Definition for sounding (2 of 4)

sounding

2
[ 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

2
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at sound3, -ing1

Related forms

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

Definition for sounding (3 of 4)

Origin of sound

1
1250–1300; (noun) Middle English soun < Anglo-French (Old French son) < Latin sonus; (v.) Middle English sounen < Old French suner < Latin sonāre, derivative of sonus

Related forms

sound·a·ble, adjectiveun·sound·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

1. Sound, noise, tone refer to something heard. Sound and noise are often used interchangeably for anything perceived by means of hearing. Sound, however, is more general in application, being used for anything within earshot: the sound of running water. Noise, caused by irregular vibrations, is more properly applied to a loud, discordant, or unpleasant sound: the noise of shouting. Tone is applied to a musical sound having a certain quality, resonance, and pitch.

Definition for sounding (4 of 4)

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 sounding (1 of 7)

sounding

1
/ (ˈsaʊndɪŋ) /

adjective

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

Derived Forms

soundingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for sounding (2 of 7)

sounding

2
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for sounding (3 of 7)

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 sounding (4 of 7)

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 sounding (5 of 7)

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 sounding (6 of 7)

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 sounding (7 of 7)

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 sounding (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 sounding (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 sounding

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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