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adjective sound·ing \ˈsau̇n-diŋ\

Definition of sounding

  1. 1 :  resonant, sonorous

  2. 2a :  pompousb :  imposing

soundingly adverb


14th Century

First Known Use of sounding

14th century

Rhymes with sounding


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sounding

noun sound·ing

Simple Definition of sounding

  • : a measurement of the depth of water

  • : something that is done to find out what people think about something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sounding

  1. 1a :  measurement of depth especially with a sounding lineb :  the depth so ascertainedc plural :  a place or part of a body of water where a hand sounding line will reach bottom

  2. 2 :  measurement of atmospheric conditions at various heights

  3. 3 :  a probe, test, or sampling of opinion or intention

Examples of sounding in a sentence

  1. The sailors were taking soundings as the ship approached the coast.



15th Century

First Known Use of sounding

15th century



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