Definition of noise
1 : loud, confused, or senseless shouting or outcry the noise of the rioters
2a : sound; especially : one that lacks agreeable musical quality or is noticeably unpleasant traffic noise engine noisesb : any sound that is undesired or interferes with one's hearing of something I couldn't hear him over all the noise.c : an unwanted signal or a disturbance (such as static or a variation of voltage) in an electronic device or instrument (such as radio or television); broadly : a disturbance interfering with the operation of a usually mechanical device or systemd : electromagnetic radiation (such as light or radio waves) that is composed of several frequencies (see frequenct 3b) and that involves random changes in frequency or amplitude (see amplitude 1b)e : irrelevant or meaningless data or output occurring along with desired information The initial data includes a lot of noise that needs weeded out.
4 : something that attracts attention the play … will make little noise in the world — Brendan Gill
5 : something spoken or uttered made a loud noise when he hit his finger with the hammer
6 : a style of rock music that is loud, often discordant, and usually uses electronic noise (such as feedback)
noiselessplay \ˈnȯiz-ləs\ adjective
Examples of noise in a Sentence
I couldn't hear him over all the noise.
That's not music. To me it's a bunch of noise.
The furnace makes a lot of noise when it comes on.
We closed the windows to block out the traffic noise.
The landlord has been getting complaints from the tenants about noise.
There were noises coming from the basement.
The sink was making a gurgling noise.
Do you hear that rattling noise?
The machine hardly makes any noise.
The initial data included a lot of noise that had to be weeded out.
Recent Examples of noise from the Web
This scene was super cool because the show’s famously good music was the only noise until the end.
Local lawmakers also have been inundated with complaints from constituents about airport noise.
The tourism industry can also be affected, since airgun noise can potentially force whales to beach themselves.
GETTING TO THE TRUTH Say the mechanic says that grinding noise in your front end signals your brake pads need to be replaced.
During a period when our sensibilities are relentlessly assaulted by contentious political noise, Subtropics 24 offers a welcome alternative focus for ears, minds and hearts.
People laugh, talk, whisper and make noises that all feel equally as magnified.
Trimming trees, making loud noises and other tactics are fair game for next year, before the reproductive ritual begins anew.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the loud noises and flashing lights brought on by fireworks frighten pets, causing them to run.
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Origin and Etymology of noise
Middle English, from Anglo-French, disturbance, noise, from Latin nausea nausea
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of noise
1 : to talk much or loudly
2 : to make a noise
: to spread by rumor or report —usually used with about or abroad the scandal was quickly noised about
NOISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of noise for English Language Learners
: a loud or unpleasant sound
: a sound that someone or something makes
: unwanted electronic signals that harm the quality of something (such as a radio or television broadcast or a digital photograph)
NOISE Defined for Kids
Definition of noise for Students
: to spread by rumor or report The story was noised about.
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