noise

noun
\ ˈnȯiz How to pronounce noise (audio) \

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 abroadthe scandal was quickly noised about

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Other Words from noise

Noun

noiseless \ ˈnȯiz-​ləs How to pronounce noiseless (audio) \ 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 But there's a lot of statistical noise in that system. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A new paper concludes that hurricane damage is increasing," 12 Nov. 2019 The trainer maxes out at 800 watts, simulates inclines up to 8 percent, and produces a claimed 75 decibels of noise at 18 mph. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Indoor Trainers for Dedicated Cyclists," 7 Nov. 2019 Corbyn is making a lot of noise about the fact that Johnson is on friendly terms with the President Donald Trump, a man who is very unpopular with the British public. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson's election gamble could cost him everything -- including Brexit," 2 Nov. 2019 That steady stream of noise was interrupted by the clanging of a breakaway rim being attacked and an ensuing roar. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Courtney Ramey provides the motor — and mouth — Texas needs," 1 Nov. 2019 In a situation of great tension, the imagination could amplify the slightest of noises to a blood-chilling moan. Oscar Urbiola, National Geographic, "How did 18th-century vampire hunters identify the undead? Blood and fingernails," 29 Oct. 2019 But a nimbus of noise accumulates around the simple-seeming chords. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Otherworldly Minimalism of Jürg Frey," 29 Oct. 2019 Before the Sword, by Grace Lin Mulan crept into her house, even though the Rabbit had told her the villagers would not waken even with the loudest of noises. David Canfield, EW.com, "Exclusive preview: Grace Lin fashions a gorgeous original Mulan novel," 24 Oct. 2019 Team effort’ Cy Ranch came out with a 24-14 win over Cy Park in week six, Oct. 4, and McAuliffe said the Tigers played like a team that’s ready to start making a bunch of noise. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Cy Woods puts perfect 14-6A record on the line against Cy Ranch," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Lehigh County Humane Society got a call late Saturday night from police who responded to noise complaints at a home outside Allentown, said Barbara Morgan, the Humane Society’s police officer. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Animal welfare workers save 71 beagles crammed in small home," 8 Oct. 2018 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

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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 and Verb

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

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

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Last Updated

16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Noise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noise. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for noise

noise

noun
How to pronounce noise (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of noise

: a loud or unpleasant sound
: a sound that someone or something makes
technical : unwanted electronic signals that harm the quality of something (such as a radio or television broadcast or a digital photograph)

noise

noun
\ ˈnȯiz How to pronounce noise (audio) \

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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