: an elongated instrument for exploring or sounding body cavities
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English contains several sound homographs, all with distinct histories. For example, the sound that means "something heard" descends from Latin sonus ("sound"), whereas the sound that means "to measure the depth of water" traces to Middle French sonde ("sounding line"). Another sound, as in "of sound mind and body," is the contemporary form of Old English's gesund. Gesund is related to several words in other languages, such as Old Saxon gisund ("sound"), Old Frisian sund ("fresh, unharmed, healthy"), and Gothic swinths ("sound" or "healthy"). Another relative is Old High German's gisunt ("healthy"), which led to modern German's gesund, the root of gesundheit.
valid implies being supported by objective truth or generally accepted authority.
a valid reason for being absent
a valid marriage
sound implies a basis of flawless reasoning or of solid grounds.
a sound proposal for reviving the economy
cogent may stress either weight of sound argument and evidence or lucidity of presentation.
the prosecutor's cogent summation won over the jury
convincing suggests a power to overcome doubt, opposition, or reluctance to accept.
a convincing argument for welfare reform
telling stresses an immediate and crucial effect striking at the heart of a matter.
a telling example of bureaucratic waste
Examples of sound in a Sentence
a building of sound construction
The bridge is structurally sound.
a sound mind in a sound body
The tests show that his heart is sound.
She used sound reasoning in making the decision.
She gave us some sound advice.
She has a sound understanding of the system's structure.
The stock market has made a sound recovery. See More
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As ever, the Puerto Rican artist delivers a new dimension of sounds, where Latin urban music meets innovative rhythms, and croons fans with his feel-good and romantic lyrics backed by his sugary vocals.—Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2023 Black traditional sound, and the evolution of vocal nuances and whatnot.—Okla Jones, Essence, 17 Nov. 2023 Each microphone is positioned in opposing directions, into and outside the patient, to filter exterior ambient noises from a wearer’s bodily sounds.—Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 16 Nov. 2023 The exhibition explores how sound can be translated into different mediums and charge objects or images with meaning.—Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 After a stilted fifth season, which lacked the focus and majesty of its predecessors, Season 6 opens in Paris amid the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the gut-wrenching sounds of a crash.—Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 Then something happens: a sound comes from one of the back rooms, and the narrator has to shut the door.—Julia Kornberg, The New York Review of Books, 16 Nov. 2023 For each 45-degree turn there is a click for homophiles that love to hear the sound of the watch winding.—Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 But while the two often go hand-in-hand, there’s a problem for headphone-wearing gamers: crunching sounds.—Bysteve Mollman, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2023
While this sounds simple, Sutton said the current conditions and scarce supplies in Gaza prevent this lifesaving care from reaching those who need it – which can quickly become deadly if untreated.—Dr. Jade Cobern, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2023 Classic curb appeal, room for the family (kind of), and more electric range than a new Mini EV… All sounding too good to be true?—Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2023 If that sounds up your alley, don’t miss the Omni Parker House Hotel’s beloved version.—Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Nov. 2023 Looking at this wider landscape of communication, the consensus on solutions sounds remarkably simple on paper.—WIRED, 17 Nov. 2023 On paper, Preciado’s film sounds too heady — too literate and literary, perhaps.—Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 How to handle holiday party stress when partying sounds exhausting.—Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Gift your mom the best sleep with this sleeping headband that blocks out all the light and allows gentle sounds through the Bluetooth headphones.—Theresa Johnson, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 The music sounded great, but to release it Feldman would need to piece together details, starting with who else was playing on it.—Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023
Sign up for her newsletter to start your mornings off with some sound advice.—Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2023 But even then, the sound output was a noticeable upgrade from the Playbar and absolutely trounces the Beam.—Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 17 Nov. 2023 Maya also says that travelers should indulge in one of the many local day spas that offer massage services, oxygen therapy, and sound healing experiences.—Mariette Williams, Essence, 17 Nov. 2023 The creative team includes scenic design by dots, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Isabella Byrd and sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman.—Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 Tapping into the business value of fresh produce Burns also made an economically sound case for fruits and vegetables.—Susan Galer, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The sound production for Ureshikute was handled by Koichi Tsutaya.—Billboard Japan, Billboard, 13 Nov. 2023 Considering the quality and low price (slashed by 51 percent right now), the pot holders are a sound addition to your kitchen this holiday season.—Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 The film’s sound design was derived from natural sounds and enhanced.—Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 10 Nov. 2023
The garbage disposal features a generous 0.75 horsepower motor that is sound-insulated.—Kaitlyn McInnis, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Mar. 2023 Some examples include watches with alarms, visual timers, sound-blocking headphones, and calculators.—Lisa Jo Rudy, Verywell Health, 7 Mar. 2023 There could be sound-absorbing qualities, too, which gave the ceilings their other name: acoustical ceilings.—John Kelly, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2023 Porsche also outfitted lightweight glass and a slinkier battery, whittled out some of the sound-deadening material, and even deleted the rear seat.—Tim Stevens, Ars Technica, 23 Nov. 2022 Every practice and bus ride are sound-tracked by a JBL Bluetooth speaker and a steady stream of hits from Adele and Pitbull.—BostonGlobe.com, 6 Nov. 2021 Qualifying property owners, who must have their buildings sound-tested, will each receive about $40,000 in upgrades.—Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 Even more sound-deadening materials arrived for 2004, as did new stereo speakers to take advantage of the ostensibly quieter cabin.—Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, 29 Apr. 2021 The local fire department said earlier that the main material burning was sound-absorbing cotton.—Bloomberg.com, 25 Sep. 2020 See More
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Middle English soun, from Anglo-French son, sun, from Latin sonus, from sonare to sound; akin to Old English swinn melody, Sanskrit svanati it sounds
Middle English, from Old English gesund; akin to Old High German gisunt healthy
Middle English, from Old English sund swimming, sea & Old Norse sund swimming, strait; akin to Old English swimman to swim
Middle English, from Middle French sonder, from Old French *sonde sounding line, probably from Old English or Middle English sund- (as in Old English sundlīne sounding line) from sund sea
French sonde, from Middle French, literally, sounding line