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sound

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adjective \ˈsau̇nd\

Definition of sound

  1. 1a :  free from injury or disease of sound mindb :  free from flaw, defect, or decay sound timber

  2. 2a :  solid, firm sound constructionb :  stable a sound economy; also :  secure, reliable sound investments

  3. 3a :  free from error, fallacy, or misapprehension sound advice sound reasoningb :  exhibiting or based on thorough knowledge and experience sound scholarshipc :  legally valid a sound titled :  logically valid and having true premises a sound estimatee :  agreeing with accepted views :  orthodox sound doctrine

  4. 4a :  thorough a sound recoveryb :  deep and undisturbed a sound sleepc :  hard, severe a sound whipping

  5. 5 :  showing good judgment or sense a sound advisor

soundly

play \ˈsau̇n(d)-lē\ adverb

soundness

play \ˈsau̇n(d)-nəs\ noun

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Examples of sound in a Sentence

  1. a building of sound construction

  2. The bridge is structurally sound.

  3. a sound mind in a sound body

  4. The tests show that his heart is sound.

  5. She used sound reasoning in making the decision.

  6. She gave us some sound advice.

  7. She has a sound understanding of the system's structure.

  8. The stock market has made a sound recovery.

Did You Know?

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 Old French sonde ("sounding line"). Another sound, however, 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.

Origin and Etymology of sound

Middle English, from Old English gesund; akin to Old High German gisunt healthy

Synonym Discussion of sound

healthy, sound, wholesome, robust, hale, well mean enjoying or indicative of good health. healthy implies full strength and vigor as well as freedom from signs of disease. a healthy family sound emphasizes the absence of disease, weakness, or malfunction. a sound heart wholesome implies appearance and behavior indicating soundness and balance. a face with a wholesome glow robust implies the opposite of all that is delicate or sickly. a lively, robust little boy hale applies particularly to robustness in old age. still hale at the age of eighty well implies merely freedom from disease or illness. she has never been a well person

valid, sound, cogent, convincing, telling mean having such force as to compel serious attention and usually acceptance. 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

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sound

adverb

Definition of sound

  1. :  to the full extent :  thoroughly sound asleep

First Known Use of sound

14th century


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sound

noun

Definition of sound

  1. 1a :  a particular auditory impression :  toneb :  the sensation perceived by the sense of hearingc :  mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (such as air) and is the objective cause of hearing

  2. 2a :  a speech sound a peculiar r-soundb :  value in terms of speech sounds -cher of teacher and -ture of creature have the same sound

  3. 3 archaic :  rumor, fame

  4. 4a :  meaningless noiseb obsolete :  meaningc :  the impression conveyed :  import

  5. 5 :  hearing distance :  earshot within sound of your voice

  6. 6 :  recorded auditory material

  7. 7 :  a particular musical style characteristic of an individual, a group, or an area the Nashville sound

Origin and Etymology of sound

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


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sound

verb

Definition of sound

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cause to sound sound a trumpetb :  pronounce 3a

  3. 2 :  to put into words :  voice

  4. 3a :  to make known :  proclaimb :  to order, signal, or indicate by a sound sound the alarm

  5. 4 :  to examine by causing to emit sounds sound the lungs

  6. 5 chiefly British :  to convey the impression of :  sound like that sounds a logical use of resources — Economist

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1a :  to make a soundb :  resoundc :  to give a summons by sound the bugle sounds to battle

  9. 2 :  to make or convey an impression especially when heard it sounds good to me you sound just like your mother

soundable

play \ˈsau̇n-də-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of sound

13th century


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sound

noun

Definition of sound

  1. 1a :  a long broad inlet of the ocean generally parallel to the coastb :  a long passage of water connecting two larger bodies (such as a sea with the ocean) or separating a mainland and an island

  2. 2 :  the air bladder of a fish

Origin and Etymology of sound

Middle English, from Old English sund swimming, sea & Old Norse sund swimming, strait; akin to Old English swimman to swim

Other Oceanography Terms


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sound

verb

Definition of sound

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to measure the depth of :  fathom

  3. 2 :  to try to find out the views or intentions of :  probe —often used with out

  4. 3 :  to explore or examine (a body cavity) with a sound

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1a :  to ascertain the depth of water especially with a sounding lineb :  to look into or investigate the possibility sent commissioners … to sound for peace — Thomas Jefferson

  7. 2 :  to dive down suddenly —used of a fish or whale

Origin and Etymology of sound

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


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sound

noun

Definition of sound

  1. :  an elongated instrument for exploring or sounding body cavities

Origin and Etymology of sound

French sonde, from Middle French, literally, sounding line


SOUND Defined for English Language Learners

sound

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adjective

Definition of sound for English Language Learners

  • : in good condition : solid and strong

  • : in good health

  • : free from mistakes : showing good judgment

sound

adverb

Definition of sound for English Language Learners

  • of sleep : deeply and completely


SOUND Defined for Kids

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sound

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adjective \ˈsau̇nd\

Definition of sound for Students

sounder

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soundest

  1. 1 :  free from disease or weakness :  healthy a sound mind and body

  2. 2 :  solid and strong a building of sound construction

  3. 3 :  free from error a sound argument sound beliefs

  4. 4 :  showing good sense :  wise sound advice

  5. 5 :  severe 2 a sound whipping

  6. 6 :  deep and undisturbed a sound sleep

soundly

adverb sleep soundly

soundness

noun soundness of mind

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sound

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adverb

Definition of sound for Students

  1. :  to the full extent sound asleep


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sound

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noun

Definition of sound for Students

  1. 1 :  the sensation experienced through the sense of hearing :  an instance or occurrence of this the sound of laughter

  2. 2 :  one of the noises that together make up human speech the sound of “s” in “sit”

  3. 3 :  the suggestion carried or given by something heard or read The excuse had a suspicious sound.

  4. 4 :  hearing distance :  earshot They are still within the sound of my voice.

soundless

\ˈsau̇nd-ləs\ adjective

soundlessly

adverb

Word Root of sound

The Latin word sonāre, meaning “to make a noise,” gives us the root son. Words from the Latin sonāre have something to do with making noise. A sound is a noise made by someone or something. Something sonic uses the waves noises make as they travel through the air. A sonata is a musical piece in which only one instrument makes noise. To resound is to become filled with noise.


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sound

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verb

Definition of sound for Students

sounded

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sounding

  1. 1 :  to make or cause to make a sound or noise sound a trumpet The buzzer sounded.

  2. 2 :  pronounce 1 Sound each word clearly.

  3. 3 :  to order, signal, or indicate by a sound Sound the alarm! The clock sounded noon.

  4. 4 :  to make known :  proclaim sound praises

  5. 5 :  to make or give an impression especially when heard It sounds too good to be true. The story sounds false.


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sound

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Definition of sound for Students

  1. :  a long stretch of water that is wider than a strait and often connects two larger bodies of water or forms a channel between the mainland and an island


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sound

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verb

Definition of sound for Students

sounded

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sounding

  1. 1 :  to measure the depth of (as by a weighted line dropped down from the surface)

  2. 2 :  to try to find out the views or intentions of a person I sounded them out on the idea.


Medical Dictionary

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sound

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adjective \ˈsau̇nd\

Medical Definition of sound

  1. 1:  free from injury or disease :  exhibiting normal health

  2. 2:  deep and undisturbed a sound sleep

soundness

noun

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sound

noun

Medical Definition of sound

  1. 1:  a particular auditory impression heart sounds heard by auscultation

  2. 2:  the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing

  3. 3:  mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (as air) and is the objective cause of hearing


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sound

transitive verb

Medical Definition of sound

  1. :  to explore or examine (a body cavity) with a sound


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sound

noun

Medical Definition of sound

  1. :  an elongated instrument for exploring or examining body cavities a uterine sound


Law Dictionary

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sound

adjective

Legal Definition of sound

  1. 1a :  free from injury or disease :  exhibiting normal health b :  free from flaw, defect, or decay a sound design

  2. 2a :  free from error, fallacy, or misapprehension based on sound judicial reasoning b :  legally valid a sound title

  3. 3 :  showing good judgment or sense

soundly

adverb

soundness

noun

of sound mind

  1. :  having the mental capacity to make a will especially as demonstrated by the ability to understand the nature of one's property, identify the natural objects of one's bounty, and understand the nature of the dispositions being made in the will


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sound

intransitive verb

Legal Definition of sound

  1. :  to be based or founded :  have a specified basis for an action —used with in those remedies for rent which sounded in contract — O. W. Holmes, Jr.



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