Sonorous
Sonorous So*no"rous, a. [L. sonorus, fr. sonor, -oris, a sound, akin to sonus a sound. See {Sound}.] 1. Giving sound when struck; resonant; as, sonorous metals. [1913 Webster]

2. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a sonorous voice. [1913 Webster]

3. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; vocal; sonant; as, the vowels are sonorous. [1913 Webster]

4. Impressive in sound; high-sounding. [1913 Webster]

The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and familiarty of the thoughts, has something beautiful and sonorous in the expression. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

There is nothing of the artificial Johnsonian balance in his style. It is as often marked by a pregnant brevity as by a sonorous amplitude. --E. Everett. [1913 Webster]

5. (Med.) Sonant; vibrant; hence, of sounds produced in a cavity, deep-toned; as, sonorous rhonchi. [1913 Webster]

{Sonorous figures} (Physics), figures formed by the vibrations of a substance capable of emitting a musical tone, as when the bow of a violin is drawn along the edge of a piece of glass or metal on which sand is strewed, and the sand arranges itself in figures according to the musical tone. Called also {acoustic figures}.

{Sonorous tumor} (Med.), a tumor which emits a clear, resonant sound on percussion. [1913 Webster] -- {So*no"rous*ly}, adv. -- {So*no"rous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • sonorous — [sə nôr′əs, sän′ər əs] adj. [L sonorus < sonor, a sound, din, akin to sonus, a SOUND1] 1. producing or capable of producing sound, esp. sound of full, deep, or rich quality; resonant 2. full, deep, or rich: said of sound 3. having a powerful,… …   English World dictionary

  • sonorous — index orotund, resounding, sesquipedalian Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sonorous — 1610s, from L. sonorus resounding, from sonor (gen. sonoris) sound, noise, from sonare to sound (see SOUND (Cf. sound) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sonorous — *resonant, ringing, resounding, vibrant, orotund Analogous words: *deep, profound: *rich, opulent: *loud, stentorian …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sonorous — [adj] resonant booming, full voiced, loud, loud voiced, powerful, resounding, reverberating, rich, ringing, rotund, thundering; concepts 592,594 …   New thesaurus

  • sonorous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a sound) deep and full. 2) (of speech) using imposing or grandiose language. DERIVATIVES sonority noun sonorously adverb sonorousness noun. ORIGIN from Latin sonor sound …   English terms dictionary

  • sonorous — so•no•rous [[t]səˈnɔr əs, ˈnoʊr , ˈsɒn ər əs[/t]] adj. 1) resonant or resonating with sound: a sonorous cavern[/ex] 2) loud and deep toned: a sonorous voice[/ex] 3) rich and full in sound, as language or verse 4) high flown; grandiloquent: a… …   From formal English to slang

  • sonorous — adjective Etymology: Latin sonorus; akin to Latin sonus sound Date: 1611 1. producing sound (as when struck) 2. full or loud in sound < a sonorous voice > 3. imposing or impressive in effect or style 4. having a high or an indicated degree of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sonorous — sonorously, adv. sonorousness, n. /seuh nawr euhs, nohr , son euhr euhs/, adj. 1. giving out or capable of giving out a sound, esp. a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place: a sonorous cavern. 2. loud, deep, or resonant, as a sound. 3. rich… …   Universalium

  • sonorous — [[t]sɒ̱nərəs, AM sənɔ͟ːrəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED A sonorous sound is deep and rich. [LITERARY] Doctor McKee? the man called in an even, sonorous voice. Syn: resonant Derived words: sonorously ADV GRADED The church clock chimed sonorously …   English dictionary

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