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 Korean Baseball Organization has even gone so far as to pipe in crowd noise for its players. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers owner Mark Attanasio hopes to get baseball back at Miller Park before long," 26 May 2020 Due to the loud noise in the plant, workers take off their masks and lean in close to speak to supervisors. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, "Meat industry is trying to get back to normal, but workers are still getting sick - and shortages could get worse," 26 May 2020 Health care workers are grappling with the upheaval of social and economic life along with the rest of us; they are exposed to the constant noise of grim news. Jillian Mock, Scientific American, "Psychological Trauma Is the Next Crisis for Coronavirus Health Workers," 20 May 2020 But there can be just as much drama found in silence as there is in noise, and if the first safe step in returning to the latter is exploring the former, then sign me up. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Mike Finger: Time for sports to embrace the unthinkable," 16 May 2020 Experiments use statistical tests to tease out the signal from the noise. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Humans are complicated—do we need behavioral science to get through this?," 16 May 2020 Working men like Cooke felt silenced in the noise of the ’60s. Jefferson Cowie, New York Times, "The ‘Hard Hat Riot’ Was a Preview of Today’s Political Divisions," 11 May 2020 The team pledged to try to block out politics—not an easy task in the noise and fury of a presidential election year. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "The Secret Group of Scientists and Billionaires Pushing a Manhattan Project for Covid-19," 27 Apr. 2020 Vazquez was tense, out of breath, and oblivious to the noises around him. Lourdes Medrano/undark, Popular Science, "Migrants don’t carry more viruses than anyone else," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb New research suggests Pico’s and Winnie’s sensitivity to noise, especially fireworks, is the most common form of anxiety in pet dogs. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Is your dog anxious? Genes common to its breed could play a role," 5 Mar. 2020 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

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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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Time Traveler for noise

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

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Last Updated

31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Noise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noise. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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