sounding

adjective
sound·​ing | \ ˈsau̇n-diŋ How to pronounce sounding (audio) \

Definition of sounding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

sounding

noun

Definition of sounding (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

Other Words from sounding

Adjective

soundingly adverb

Examples of sounding in a Sentence

Noun The sailors were taking soundings as the ship approached the coast.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The European Commission also defended the application saying that similar-sounding or homonymous names were not an adequate reason for rejecting a request. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The group’s simple-sounding but highly sophisticated songs have endured since the group, consisting of two married couples, split amid the breakup of the two couples in 1982. Jem Aswad, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 The group’s simple-sounding but highly sophisticated songs have endured since the group, consisting of two married couples, split amid the breakup of the two couples in 1982. Jem Aswad, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 The group’s simple-sounding but highly sophisticated songs have endured since the group, consisting of two married couples, split amid the breakup of the two couples in 1982. Jem Aswad, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 The group’s simple-sounding but highly sophisticated songs have endured since the group, consisting of two married couples, split amid the breakup of the two couples in 1982. Jem Aswad, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 Now, add something new and kind of cool-sounding, scheduled to open October 1: an interactive exhibit inspired by … cannabis. Joan Oleck, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 The group’s simple-sounding but highly sophisticated songs have endured since the group, consisting of two married couples, split amid the breakup of the two couples in 1982. Jem Aswad, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 The group’s simple-sounding but highly sophisticated songs have endured since the group, consisting of two married couples, split amid the breakup of the two couples in 1982. Jem Aswad, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her Italian title is Contessa, per People, which is delightfully old school-sounding. The Editors, Marie Claire, 25 Sep. 2021 One of my favorite extension offerings is the boring-sounding but infinitely practical fact sheet. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 Furthermore, children who are exposed to a second language during their earliest years tend to have a more natural sounding, native-like accent when speaking that language. David Buice, Dallas News, 20 July 2021 Everyone at Halcyon has had something different, something genuine-sounding and at least somewhat Micah-related, to talk with me about. Micah Solomon, Forbes, 26 June 2021 When his grandfather, a Rough Rider, died in California, the sounding of taps at the burial made an impression on Kinkade, a band student who was entering junior high school. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 31 May 2021 Franklin Park is continuing to pursue Quiet Zone status, which would eliminate the federal requirement for automatic sounding of train horns and reduce noise in the village. Brian Slupski, chicagotribune.com, 26 Apr. 2021 The product of those sessions, Random Access Memories, is cinematic and grandiose -- and by their standards, organic-sounding, a major departure from the heavy synth sounds of Human After All and Alive 2007. Kat Bein, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2021 The Schoenberg, so often cluttered and frantic-sounding in performance, has flow and dance. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sounding

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

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“Sounding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sounding. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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sounding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sounding

: a measurement of the depth of water
: something that is done to find out what people think about something

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