Sounding rod
Sounding Sound"ing, n. 1. The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the senses of the several verbs). [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) [From {Sound} to fathom.] (a) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained. (b) Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom; -- usually in the plural. (c) The sand, shells, or the like, that are brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom. [1913 Webster]

{Sounding lead}, the plummet at the end of a sounding line.

{Sounding line}, a line having a plummet at the end, used in making soundings.

{Sounding post} (Mus.), a small post in a violin, violoncello, or similar instrument, set under the bridge as a support, for propagating the sounds to the body of the instrument; -- called also {sound post}.

{Sounding rod} (Naut.), a rod used to ascertain the depth of water in a ship's hold.

{In soundings}, within the eighty-fathom line. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sounding — Sound ing, n. 1. The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the senses of the several verbs). [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) [From {Sound} to fathom.] (a) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained. (b) Any place or part of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sounding lead — Sounding Sound ing, n. 1. The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the senses of the several verbs). [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) [From {Sound} to fathom.] (a) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained. (b) Any place or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sounding line — Sounding Sound ing, n. 1. The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the senses of the several verbs). [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) [From {Sound} to fathom.] (a) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained. (b) Any place or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sounding post — Sounding Sound ing, n. 1. The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the senses of the several verbs). [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) [From {Sound} to fathom.] (a) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained. (b) Any place or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Sounding — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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