sound
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English gesund; akin to Old High German gisunt healthy Date: 13th century 1. a. free from injury or disease ; exhibiting normal health b. free from flaw, defect, or decay <
sound timber
>
2. solid, firm; also stable 3. a. free from error, fallacy, or misapprehension <
sound reasoning
>
b. exhibiting or based on thorough knowledge and experience <
sound scholarship
>
c. legally valid <
a sound title
>
d. logically valid and having true premises e. agreeing with accepted views ; orthodox 4. a. thorough b. deep and undisturbed <
a sound sleep
>
c. hard, severe <
a sound whipping
>
5. showing good judgment or sense <
sound advice
>
Synonyms: see healthy, validsoundly adverbsoundness noun II. adverb Date: 14th century to the full extent ; thoroughly <
sound asleep
>
III. noun Etymology: Middle English soun, from Anglo-French son, sun, from Latin sonus, from sonare to sound; akin to Old English swinn melody, Sanskrit svanati it sounds Date: 13th century 1. a. a particular auditory impression ; tone b. the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing c. mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (as air) and is the objective cause of hearing 2. a. a speech sound <
a peculiar r-sound
>
b. value in terms of speech sounds <
-cher of teacher and -ture of creature have the same sound
>
3. archaic rumor, fame 4. a. meaningless noise b. obsolete meaning c. the impression conveyed ; import 5. hearing distance ; earshot <
within sound of your voice
>
6. recorded auditory material 7. a particular musical style characteristic of an individual, a group, or an area <
the Nashville sound
>
IV. verb Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to cause to sound <
sound a trumpet
>
b. pronounce 3a 2. to put into words ; voice 3. a. to make known ; proclaim b. to order, signal, or indicate by a sound <
sound the alarm
>
4. to examine by causing to emit sounds <
sound the lungs
>
5. chiefly British to convey the impression of ; sound like <
that sounds a logical use of resources — Economist
>
intransitive verb 1. a. to make a sound b. resound c. to give a summons by sound <
the bugle sounds to battle
>
2. to make or convey an impression especially when heard <
it sounds good to me
>
<
you sound just like your mother
>
soundable adjective V. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sund swimming, sea & Old Norse sund swimming, strait; akin to Old English swimman to swim Date: 14th century 1. a. a long broad inlet of the ocean generally parallel to the coast b. a long passage of water connecting two larger bodies (as a sea with the ocean) or separating a mainland and an island 2. the air bladder of a fish VI. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French sonder, from Old French *sonde sounding line, probably from Old English or Middle English sund- (as in Old English sundlīne sounding line) from sund sea Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to measure the depth of ; fathom 2. to try to find out the views or intentions of ; probe — often used with out 3. to explore or examine (a body cavity) with a sound intransitive verb 1. a. to ascertain the depth of water especially with a sounding line b. to look into or investigate the possibility <
sent commissioners…to sound for peace — Thomas Jefferson
>
2. to dive down suddenly — used of a fish or whale VII. noun Etymology: French sonde, from Middle French, literally, sounding line Date: 1739 an elongated instrument for exploring or sounding body cavities

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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, 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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