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 Lippe has complained to the city about noise, safety and congestion from his neighbor’s Airbnb rental. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "More rules for Airbnb hosts? Dallas will form a task force to explore options," 20 Feb. 2020 About half of the 30-plus people who spoke during the public hearing cited concerns over the hours of use, noise, traffic, lights and environmental impacts from the turf field. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A vote has been delayed on a proposed training facility and baseball stadium in Oconomowoc," 19 Feb. 2020 The crowd continued to make raucous noise while attendees waited for the protesters to get off the stage. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Topless protesters arrested after leaping on stage at Bernie Sanders Nevada rally," 16 Feb. 2020 Outside the city made foreign noises: strange sirens and horns from cars, strange songs on strange radio stations, strange words shouted between a mother and a child. Jillian Dunham, Longreads, "At Mrs. Balbir’s," 28 Jan. 2020 Bill Ungruhe, the spokesman for the St. Benard Police Department, said there have been dozens of complaints about possible marijuana use, disorderly groups, prostitution, large crowds, fighting, excessive noise, drug dealing and parking violations. Segann March, Cincinnati.com, "Saint Bernard PD: Community made several complaints, calls before GG's Bar and Grill abruptly closed," 28 Jan. 2020 Thousands of whales are struck by ships, entangled in fishing lines, and harmed by ocean noise every year. Joe Roman, The Conversation, "Iceland didn’t hunt any whales in 2019 – and public appetite for whale meat is fading," 21 Jan. 2020 Measuring in the range of 20 to 150 kilohertz, the researchers found that even happy, healthy plants made the occasional noise. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Plants May Let Out Ultrasonic Squeals When Stressed," 2 Dec. 2019 There were no traffic noises, no cellphones, no city sounds, no buildings. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "Teacher at tiny Michigan schoolhouse is also the administrator, bus driver," 30 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Disturbance, warrant: Miner Drive Police responded to noise complaint at an apartment at 6:28 p.m. Jan. 31. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Man arrested on warrant after police question him for getting into his own car: Medina Police Blotter," 3 Feb. 2020 The Colts are used to noise after playing at Arrowhead Stadium twice in 2019, but the Superdome might be the only venue that can match the noise in Kansas City. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 23 things to watch in Colts' Monday night showing against the Saints," 15 Dec. 2019 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

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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

23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Noise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noise. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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