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 There is always a temptation to ascribe a deep, unspoken strategy to Trump’s improvised approach to politics—to find order in the chaos, a signal in the noise. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What the Media Is Getting Wrong About Soleimani’s Killing," 7 Jan. 2020 Other amenities include a silent digital library with Bose noise-cancelling headphones and more than 7,000 audiobooks and publications. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "2 new lounges are now open at Sky Harbor — and they feature menus from this popular chef," 6 Jan. 2020 In footage posted online, the noise is drowned out by the sound of whooping and applause from thousands of people who’d gathered in lawn chairs along the riverbanks to watch. Sharon Kelly, Cincinnati.com, "What the petrochemical buildout along the Ohio River means for regional communities and beyond," 6 Jan. 2020 Fliers can expect a 15.4-inch high-definition touchscreen, fluffy pillows, multiple USB ports, Bose noise-cancelling headphones, and multiple storage options. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Find Lie-Flat Seats on Domestic Flights," 3 Jan. 2020 As the noise increases around Thompson, nothing has changed. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers, Tristan Thompson blocking out trade speculation: ‘It’s the business of basketball'," 31 Dec. 2019 Same with the new Samsung Galaxy, and Bose’s new noise-canceling headphones. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Stop Buying Your Tech New," 28 Dec. 2019 Coming out of the tunnel, the kicker looked up, trying to find where the noise was coming from. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Quick Lane Bowl's Ford Field gives Pitt kicker more than just home-field advantage," 24 Dec. 2019 Choosing a favorite pair of headphones from 2019 was difficult, but in the end, Sony’s noise-canceling WH-1000xM3 headphones took the prize. Popular Science, "I tried a bajillion new products this year. Here are 17 you should actually buy.," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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

12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Noise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noises. Accessed 26 January 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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