Sound Sound, a. [Compar. {Sounder}; superl. {Soundest}.] [OE. sound, AS. sund; akin to D. gezond, G. gesund, OHG. gisunt, Dan. & Sw. sund, and perhaps to L. sanus. Cf. {Sane}.] 1. Whole; unbroken; unharmed; free from flaw, defect, or decay; perfect of the kind; as, sound timber; sound fruit; a sound tooth; a sound ship. [1913 Webster]

2. Healthy; not diseased; not being in a morbid state; -- said of body or mind; as, a sound body; a sound constitution; a sound understanding. [1913 Webster]

3. Firm; strong; safe. [1913 Webster]

The brasswork here, how rich it is in beams, And how, besides, it makes the whole house sound. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

4. Free from error; correct; right; honest; true; faithful; orthodox; -- said of persons; as, a sound lawyer; a sound thinker. [1913 Webster]

Do not I know you a favorer Of this new seat? Ye are nor sound. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Founded in truth or right; supported by justice; not to be overthrown on refuted; not fallacious; as, sound argument or reasoning; a sound objection; sound doctrine; sound principles. [1913 Webster]

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me. --2 Tim. i. 13. [1913 Webster]

6. heavy; laid on with force; as, a sound beating. [1913 Webster]

7. Undisturbed; deep; profound; as, sound sleep. [1913 Webster]

8. Founded in law; legal; valid; not defective; as, a sound title to land. [1913 Webster]

Note: Sound is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sound-headed, sound-hearted, sound-timbered, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Sound currency} (Com.), a currency whose actual value is the same as its nominal value; a currency which does not deteriorate or depreciate or fluctuate in comparision with the standard of values. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • sound — sound1 [sound] n. [< ME soun (+ unhistoric d) < OFr son < L sonus < IE * swonos, a sound, noise < base * swen , to sound > OE swinsian, to sing, make music] 1. a) vibrations in air, water, etc. that stimulate the auditory nerves …   English World dictionary

  • Sound — Sound, n. [OE. soun, OF. son, sun, F. son, fr. L. sonus akin to Skr. svana sound, svan to sound, and perh. to E. swan. Cf. {Assonant}, {Consonant}, {Person}, {Sonata}, {Sonnet}, {Sonorous}, {Swan}.] 1. The peceived object occasioned by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sound — 1 adj 1 a: free from injury or disease: exhibiting normal health b: free from flaw, defect, or decay a sound design 2 a: free from error, fallacy, or misapprehension based on sound judicial reasoning b: legally valid …   Law dictionary

  • Sound — Sound, v. t. 1. To cause to make a noise; to play on; as, to sound a trumpet or a horn; to sound an alarm. [1913 Webster] A bagpipe well could he play and soun[d]. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to exit as a sound; as, to sound a note with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sound — Sound, v. i. [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See {Sound} a noise.] 1. To make a noise; to utter a voice; to make an impulse of the air that shall strike the organs of hearing with a perceptible effect. And first… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sound# — sound adj 1 *healthy, wholesome, robust, hale, well Analogous words: *vigorous, lusty, nervous, energetic, strenuous: *strong, sturdy, stalwart, stout: intact, whole, entire, *perfect 2 *valid, cogent, convincing, compelling, telling …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sound — Ⅰ. sound [1] ► NOUN 1) vibrations which travel through the air or another medium and are sensed by the ear. 2) a thing that can be heard. 3) music, speech, and sound effects accompanying a film or broadcast. 4) an idea or impression conveyed by… …   English terms dictionary

  • Sound — Sound, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sounding}.] [F. sonder; cf. AS. sundgyrd a sounding rod, sundline a sounding line (see {Sound} a narrow passage of water).] 1. To measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to ascertain the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sound — Sound, n. [AS. sund a narrow sea or strait; akin to Icel., Sw., Dan. & G. sund, probably so named because it could be swum across. See {Swim}.] (Geog.) A narrow passage of water, or a strait between the mainland and an island; also, a strait… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sound — Sm Klang per. Wortschatz grupp. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. sound, dieses aus afrz. son, aus l. sonus Schall .    Ebenso nndl. sound, ne. sound, nfrz. son, nschw. sound, nnorw. sound; Sonate. ✎ Carstensen 3 (1996), 1365 1367. englisch… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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