sounding

1 of 2

adjective

sound·​ing ˈsau̇n-diŋ How to pronounce sounding (audio)
soundingly adverb

sounding

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noun

1
a
: measurement of depth especially with a sounding line
b
: the depth so ascertained
c
soundings plural : a place or part of a body of water where a hand sounding line will reach bottom
2
: measurement of atmospheric conditions at various heights
3
: a probe, test, or sampling of opinion or intention

Examples of sounding in a Sentence

Noun The sailors were taking soundings as the ship approached the coast.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Her attempt to package her experience as an advice book has the feel of what Freud called secondary revision, the effort to master chaotic psychic material by shoehorning it into a reasonable-sounding narrative. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 2022 In early 2013, Mikaela Sanford responded to a Craigslist job posting for a small Sacramento company with mundane-sounding responsibilities: communicating with contractors, overseeing data entry and handling client correspondence. Melissa Korn, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2022
Noun
These stories were fantastic—and likely false, for the most part, as were widespread tales of Japanese candy store operators who were really mapmakers, Japanese fishermen who were really taking harbor soundings, and Japanese barbers who picked up military secrets from their unsuspecting clients. Oona A. Hathaway, Foreign Affairs, 7 Dec. 2021 But other negative soundings point to an underlying tension between locals and the Venetian government over what is being done to ensure residents can continue to live there. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 25 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for sounding 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sounding was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sounding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sounding. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

sounding

noun
sound·​ing
ˈsau̇n-diŋ
1
a
: measurement of depth especially with a sounding line
b
: the depth found by sounding
2
: an investigation, test, or sampling of opinion or intention
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