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adjective sound·ing \ˈsau̇n-diŋ\

Definition of sounding

  1. 1 :  resonant, sonorous

  2. 2a :  pompousb :  imposing

soundingly

adverb

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First Known Use of sounding

14th century


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sounding

noun sound·ing

Definition of sounding

  1. 1a :  measurement of depth especially with a sounding lineb :  the depth so ascertainedc soundings plural :  a place or part of a body of water where a hand sounding line will reach bottom

  2. 2 :  measurement of atmospheric conditions at various heights

  3. 3 :  a probe, test, or sampling of opinion or intention

Examples of sounding in a Sentence

  1. The sailors were taking soundings as the ship approached the coast.

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15th century


SOUNDING Defined for English Language Learners

sounding

noun

Definition of sounding for English Language Learners

  • : a measurement of the depth of water

  • : something that is done to find out what people think about something



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