noise

noun
\ ˈnȯiz \

Definition of noise 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : loud, confused, or senseless shouting or outcry the noise of the rioters

2a : sound entry 1 especially : one that lacks agreeable musical quality or is noticeably unpleasant traffic noise engine noises

b : 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 system

d : electromagnetic radiation (such as light or radio waves) that is composed of several frequencies (see frequency sense 3b) and that involves random changes in frequency or amplitude (see amplitude sense 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.

3 : common talk : rumor is making noise about moving the team especially : slander

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)

noise

verb
noised; noising

Definition of noise (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk much or loudly

2 : to make a noise

transitive verb

: to spread by rumor or report usually used with about or abroad the scandal was quickly noised about

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Other words from noise

Noun

noiseless \ˈnȯiz-ləs \ adjective
noiselessly adverb

Examples of noise in a Sentence

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to a high-90s fastball, Luzardo also has a name that’s extremely reminiscent of seminal 1990s post-hardcore noise-grunge outfit The Jesus Lizard. Ted Berg, For The Win, "7 MLB prospects to watch at the 2018 Futures Game," 13 July 2018 The race faces opposition from residents angry over the noise, environmental impact and disruption to the island. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix offers $300,000 a year to race on Belle Isle," 13 July 2018 Installing noise-blocking materials on the bridge deck, lighting under the bridge and light posts similar to those already in place on nearby streets. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Andrews Avenue drawbridge overhaul to last until 2020," 13 July 2018 The guards apparently were trying to prevent the boys waiting in line for beatings from panicking, hoping the noise would drown out the thwack-thwack-thwack of the strap and the anguished screams. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A painful reunion at school of horror," 11 July 2018 The city can map heat, rats, potholes and noise, but the idling data is totally unused. Elizabeth Royte, Daily Intelligencer, "George Pakenham is waging a one-man war on air pollution on the Upper West Side.," 10 July 2018 Each passenger will have access to an iPad Pro and noise-canceling headphones to take advantage of the planes' complimentary high-speed WiFi. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "This New Luxury Airline Is Offering Private Jet Travel at a Fraction of the Price," 9 July 2018 With a willingness to make noise however terrifying and attune one’s ear to the beauty of it. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 The hard Brexit faction in the House began making insurrectionary noises; Westminster went febrile; the chance of a Tory party coup against May was on everyone’s mind; further resignations were expected. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At both, expect fiercely eclectic, unpredictable rock that can go from artsy pop to noise and back again in the space of a song. New York Times, "15 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 7 June 2018 Prolonged exposure to noise at that level can cause a threshold shift in a person’s hearing. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Protect your ears: you might not realize what’s hurting them," 19 June 2018 But Patricelli’s study of the birds’ sensitivity to noise on their leks has actually helped land managers consider better rules to ensure the birds can strut their stuff undisturbed. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Scientists Turned This Taxidermy Bird Into a Robot," 1 June 2018 That’s why the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health suggest people shouldn’t be exposed to noise at or above 100 decibels — where many exercise studios seem to operate at — for any more than 15 minutes. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How your cycling class could give you hearing loss," 31 May 2018 The legal case focused on part of the Maine Civil Rights Act that applies to noise outside health facilities. Adam Liptak, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court to hear travel ban case, shadowed by one of its darkest rulings," 17 Apr. 2018 People living in cities are regularly exposed (against their will) to noise above 85 decibels from sources like traffic, subways, industrial activity, and airports. Kate Wagner, The Atlantic, "City Noise Might Be Making You Sick," 20 Feb. 2018 In what seems to be a trend, of sorts, several police officers have responded to noise complaint calls over children playing outdoor basketball by shooting hoops with the young, uh, offenders, rather than bust up the game. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "They were called for a noise complaint. Instead of citing the kids, they played hoops | Miami Herald," 6 Mar. 2018 Then, in 2004, John Janda had a mild heart attack followed by bouts of debilitating anxiety, pain and sensitivity to noise. Jonel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News, "A Rare Dementia Gene Runs In The Family, But He’s Fine — So Far," 11 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'noise.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of noise

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for noise

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, disturbance, noise, from Latin nausea nausea

Verb

see noise entry 1

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The first known use of noise was in the 13th century

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noise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of noise

: 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

noun
\ ˈnȯiz \

Kids Definition of noise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a loud or unpleasant sound

2 : sound entry 3 sense 1 the noise of the wind

Other words from noise

noiseless \-ləs \ adjective
noiselessly adverb He moved noiselessly.

noise

verb
noised; noising

Kids Definition of noise (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spread by rumor or report The story was noised about.

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