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Origin of sound

1
First recorded in 1250–1300; (noun) Middle English soun, from Anglo-French (Old French son ), from Latin sonus; (verb) Middle English sounen, from Old French suner, from Latin sonāre, derivative of sonus
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.
sound·a·ble, adjectiveun·sound·a·ble, adjective

Definition for sound (2 of 5)

sound2
[ sound ]
/ saʊnd /

adjective, sound·er, sound·est.

adverb

deeply; thoroughly; sound asleep.

Origin of sound

2
First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English sund, Old English gesund (see y-); cognate with Dutch gezond, German gesund
soundly, adverbsoundness, noun

Definition for sound (3 of 5)

sound3
[ 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
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English sounden, from Old French sonder “to plumb,” derivative of sonde “sounding line,” of unknown origin
sound·a·ble, adjective

Definition for sound (4 of 5)

sound4
[ sound ]
/ saʊnd /

noun

a relatively narrow passage of water between larger bodies of water or between the mainland and an island: Long Island Sound.
an inlet, arm, or recessed portion of the sea: Puget Sound.
the air bladder of a fish.

Origin of sound

4
First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English sund “act of swimming”; akin to swim

Definition for sound (5 of 5)

Sound
[ sound ]
/ saʊnd /

noun

The Sound, a strait between southwestern Sweden and Zealand, connecting the Kattegat and the Baltic. 87 miles (140 km) long; 3–30 miles (5–48 km) wide.
Danish Ø·re·sund [Danish œ-ruh-soon] /Danish ˈœ rəˌsʊn/ . Swedish Ö·re·sund [Swedish œ-ruh-soond] /Swedish ˈœ rəˌsʊnd/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for sound (1 of 5)

sound1
/ (saʊnd) /

noun

verb

See also sound off
soundable, adjective
C13: from Old French soner to make a sound, from Latin sonāre, from sonus a sound

British Dictionary definitions for sound (2 of 5)

sound2
/ (saʊnd) /

adjective

adverb

soundly; deeply: now archaic except when applied to sleep
soundly, adverbsoundness, noun
Old English sund; related to Old Saxon gisund, Old High German gisunt

British Dictionary definitions for sound (3 of 5)

sound3
/ (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
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 (4 of 5)

sound4
/ (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
Old English sund swimming, narrow sea; related to Middle Low German sunt strait; see sound ³

British Dictionary definitions for sound (5 of 5)

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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Medical definitions for sound (1 of 3)

sound 11
[ sound ]

n.

Vibrations transmitted through an elastic material or a solid, liquid, or gas, with frequencies in the range of 20 to 20,000 hertz, capable of being detected by human organs of hearing.
Transmitted vibrations of any frequency.
A distinctive noise.

v.

To auscultate.

Medical definitions for sound (2 of 3)

sound 22
[ sound ]

adj.

Free from defect, decay, or damage; in good condition.
Free from disease or injury.

Medical definitions for sound (3 of 3)

sound 33
[ sound ]

n.

An instrument used to examine or explore body cavities, as for foreign bodies or other abnormalities, or to dilate strictures in them.

v.

To probe a body cavity with a sound.
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Scientific definitions for sound (1 of 2)

sound1
[ 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.

Scientific definitions for sound (2 of 2)

sound2
[ 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

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