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sounding

adjective sound·ing \ ˈsau̇n-diŋ \
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of sounding

soundingly

adverb

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First Known Use of sounding

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sounding

noun

Definition of sounding

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

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

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First Known Use of sounding

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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SOUNDING Defined for English Language Learners

sounding

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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