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Meaning & Definition of Sound in English

English

Sound

/saʊnd/

noun

1. The particular auditory effect produced by a given cause

  • "The sound of rain on the roof"
  • "The beautiful sound of music"
    synonym:
  • sound

2. The subjective sensation of hearing something

  • "He strained to hear the faint sounds"
    synonym:
  • sound
  • ,
  • auditory sensation

3. Mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium

  • "Falling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them"
    synonym:
  • sound

4. The sudden occurrence of an audible event

  • "The sound awakened them"
    synonym:
  • sound

5. The audible part of a transmitted signal

  • "They always raise the audio for commercials"
    synonym:
  • audio
  • ,
  • sound

6. (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language

    synonym:
  • phone
  • ,
  • speech sound
  • ,
  • sound

7. A narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water

    synonym:
  • strait
  • ,
  • sound

8. A large ocean inlet or deep bay

  • "The main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast"
    synonym:
  • sound

verb

1. Appear in a certain way

  • "This sounds interesting"
    synonym:
  • sound

2. Make a certain noise or sound

  • "She went `mmmmm'"
  • "The gun went `bang'"
    synonym:
  • sound
  • ,
  • go

3. Give off a certain sound or sounds

  • "This record sounds scratchy"
    synonym:
  • sound

4. Announce by means of a sound

  • "Sound the alarm"
    synonym:
  • sound

5. Utter with vibrating vocal chords

    synonym:
  • voice
  • ,
  • sound
  • ,
  • vocalize
  • ,
  • vocalise

6. Cause to sound

  • "Sound the bell"
  • "Sound a certain note"
    synonym:
  • sound

7. Measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line

    synonym:
  • fathom
  • ,
  • sound

adjective

1. Financially secure and safe

  • "Sound investments"
  • "A sound economy"
    synonym:
  • sound

2. Exercising or showing good judgment

  • "Healthy scepticism"
  • "A healthy fear of rattlesnakes"
  • "The healthy attitude of french laws"
  • "Healthy relations between labor and management"
  • "An intelligent solution"
  • "A sound approach to the problem"
  • "Sound advice"
  • "No sound explanation for his decision"
    synonym:
  • healthy
  • ,
  • intelligent
  • ,
  • levelheaded
  • ,
  • level-headed
  • ,
  • sound

3. In good condition

  • Free from defect or damage or decay
  • "A sound timber"
  • "The wall is sound"
  • "A sound foundation"
    synonym:
  • sound

4. In excellent physical condition

  • "Good teeth"
  • "I still have one good leg"
  • "A sound mind in a sound body"
    synonym:
  • good
  • ,
  • sound

5. Logically valid

  • "A sound argument"
    synonym:
  • reasoned
  • ,
  • sound
  • ,
  • well-grounded

6. Having legal efficacy or force

  • "A sound title to the property"
    synonym:
  • legal
  • ,
  • sound
  • ,
  • effectual

7. Free from moral defect

  • "A man of sound character"
    synonym:
  • sound

8. (of sleep) deep and complete

  • "A heavy sleep"
  • "Fell into a profound sleep"
  • "A sound sleeper"
  • "Deep wakeless sleep"
    synonym:
  • heavy
  • ,
  • profound
  • ,
  • sound
  • ,
  • wakeless

9. Thorough

  • "A sound thrashing"
    synonym:
  • sound

Examples of using

One's own name is the sweetest and the most important sound in the world for anybody.
What sound does a giraffe make?
When I entered the plane and counted eight infants, I understandably felt worse, and my hope for sound sleep winced and hid in the corner of my subconsciousness.