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 The city considers this to be noise that is plainly audible at least 50 feet from the source. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Hometown Rising music festival's organizers silent amid noise complaints from neighbors," 16 Sep. 2019 Unlike a jingle, which hits people over the head and is meant to be jarring and interruptive, this would be different: a Pavlovian-style background noise, a brand’s signature sound. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "Jingles All the Way: How Sonic Branding Is Helping Companies Get Heard in the Voice Computing Age," 7 Sep. 2019 Powertrain The 268-hp spools up quickly for responsive acceleration with dependable passing power at 65 mph, but there is noticeable engine noise on a hard takeoff. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 VW Arteon: a cure for the common sedan," 6 Sep. 2019 Alabama State travels well as a fan base so there could be enough noise to work out in-game communication skills that will be necessary next week on the road at Akron. Evan Dudley, al, "Blazer Buzz: Alabama State at UAB in 2019 opener," 29 Aug. 2019 There was loud noise, and Alphonso and Deborah Williams ran out of their home near the Potomac Avenue Metro Station in Southeast Washington last week to see what had happened. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Neighbors thought they witnessed a tragedy. Then a sign appeared: ‘You Saved My Life!’," 22 Aug. 2019 The cramped quarters also meant that entertaining wasn’t an option, plus there was the constant noise and lack of privacy that came with being on a corner lot near a busy intersection. Emily Young, latimes.com, "An overcrowded 1950s bungalow morphs into a sleek, spacious refuge," 12 July 2019 But there was also this background noise that felt so regressive. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Norah O'Donnell Has a New Job. She's Been Preparing for It Since Age 10," 12 July 2019 One crew member on the upper deck awoke to a noise and saw flames rising from the main deck. Washington Post, "Snoozing crew raises specter of criminal charge in boat fire," 13 Sep. 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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2 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for noise

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

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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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