Definition of sound
- a peculiar r-sound
- -cher of teacher and -ture of creature have the same sound
- within sound of your voice
- the Nashville sound
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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.
a building of sound construction
The bridge is structurally sound.
a sound mind in a sound body
The tests show that his heart is sound.
She used sound reasoning in making the decision.
She gave us some sound advice.
She has a sound understanding of the system's structure.
The stock market has made a sound recovery.
in fine fettle, in shape, in the pink;
: in good condition : solid and strong
: in good health
: free from mistakes : showing good judgment
of sleep : deeply and completely
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to grant as a privilege or special favor
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