adjective sound·ing \ˈsan-diŋ\

Definition of SOUNDING

a :  pompous
b :  imposing
sound·ing·ly adverb

First Known Use of SOUNDING

14th century

Rhymes with SOUNDING



: a measurement of the depth of water

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

Full Definition of SOUNDING

a :  measurement of depth especially with a sounding line
b :  the depth so ascertained
c plural :  a place or part of a body of water where a hand sounding line will reach bottom
:  measurement of atmospheric conditions at various heights
:  a probe, test, or sampling of opinion or intention

Examples of SOUNDING

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

First Known Use of SOUNDING

15th century


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