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Definition 1: the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the sound of rain on the roof
  • the beautiful sound of music

(sound is a kind of ...) an attribute of sound

(... is a kind of sound ) the auditory effect characterized by loud and constant noise

(... is a kind of sound ) a characteristic sound

"it has the ring of sincerity"

(... is a kind of sound ) (music) two or more sounds or tones at the same pitch or in octaves

"singing in unison"

(... is a kind of sound ) the distinctive quality or pitch or condition of a person's speech

"A shrill voice sounded behind us"

Definition 2: the subjective sensation of hearing something - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he strained to hear the faint sounds

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is a kind of ...) an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation

"a sensation of touch"

(... is a kind of sound ) any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds

"he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes"

(... is a kind of sound ) (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)

(... is a kind of sound ) a steady sound without overtones

"they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"

(... is a kind of sound ) the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience

"modern music is just noise to me"

(... is a kind of sound ) the new sounds added by dubbing

Definition 3: the audible part of a transmitted signal - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they always raise the audio for commercials

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is a kind of ...) communication that relies on hearing

(... is part of sound) broadcasting visual images of stationary or moving objects

"she is a star of screen and video" "Television is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done"

Definition 4: (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is a kind of ...) one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed

(... is a kind of sound ) (linguistics) one of a small set of speech sounds that are distinguished by the speakers of a particular language

(... is a kind of sound ) a speech sound made with the vocal tract open

(... is a kind of sound ) a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant

(... is a kind of sound ) a speech sound that is not a vowel

(... is a kind of sound ) a speech sound produced with both the oral and nasal passages open (as French nasal vowels)

(... is a kind of sound ) a speech sound accompanied by sound from the vocal cords

(... is part of sound) the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

(sound belongs to category ...) the branch of acoustics concerned with speech processes including its production and perception and acoustic analysis

Definition 5: the sudden occurrence of an audible event - [noun denoting event]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the sound awakened them

(sound is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of sound ) a thrumming sound

"he could hear the thrum of a banjo"

(... is a kind of sound ) a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)

(... is a kind of sound ) a sound with a strong rhythmic beat

"the throbbing of the engines"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of light blow or knock

"he heard the tapping of the man's cane"

(... is a kind of sound ) a brushing or rustling sound

(... is a kind of sound ) the indistinct sound of people whispering

"a soft susurrus of conversation"

(... is a kind of sound ) sound of strumming

"the strum of a guitar"

(... is a kind of sound ) a distinctive or characteristic sound

"the song of bullets was in the air" "the song of the wind" "the wheels sang their song as the train rocketed ahead"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of (the chanter of) a bagpipe

(... is a kind of sound ) a sound like a person sighing

"she heard the sigh of the wind in the trees"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound made by beating a drum

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of a bell ringing

"the distinctive ring of the church bell" "the ringing of the telephone" "the tintinnabulation that so voluminously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells"

(... is a kind of sound ) a tremulous sound

(... is a kind of sound ) a dull hollow sound

"the basketball made a thunk as it hit the rim"

(... is a kind of sound ) a metallic tapping sound

"he counted the ticks of the clock"

(... is a kind of sound ) a light clear metallic sound as of a small bell

(... is a kind of sound ) a buzzing or whizzing sound

"a nasty zizz in the engine"

(... is a kind of sound ) a brief high-pitched buzzing or humming sound

"the zing of the passing bullet"

(... is a kind of sound ) a buzzing or hissing sound as of something traveling rapidly through the air

"he heard the whiz of bullets near his head"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture

(... is a kind of sound ) sound of something in rapid motion

"whir of a bird's wings" "the whir of the propellers"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound made by a sharp swift blow

(... is a kind of sound ) the roaring sound made by a motor that is running at high speed

(... is a kind of sound ) a sound suggestive of a vocal utterance

"the noisy voice of the waterfall" "the incessant voices of the artillery"

(... is a kind of sound ) (music) a pulsating effect in an instrumental or vocal tone produced by slight and rapid variations in pitch

(... is a kind of sound ) a sharp vibrating sound (as of a plucked string)

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of heavy treading or stomping

"he heard the trample of many feet"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of casual playing on a musical instrument

"he enjoyed hearing the tootles of their horns as the musicians warmed up"

(... is a kind of sound ) a blast of a horn

(... is a kind of sound ) the harsh sound of a duck

(... is a kind of sound ) a low vibrating sound typical of a contented cat

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of a liquid falling drop by drop

"the constant sound of dripping irritated him"

(... is a kind of sound ) a ringing sound

(... is a kind of sound ) the characteristic utterance of an animal

"animal cries filled the night"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of a horse's hoofs hitting on a hard surface

(... is a kind of sound ) a succession of clicks

(... is a kind of sound ) any utterance produced simultaneously by a group

"a chorus of boos"

(... is a kind of sound ) a series of chirps

(... is a kind of sound ) a sharp sound made by small birds or insects

(... is a kind of sound ) a short light metallic sound

(... is a kind of sound ) sound of rapid vibration

"the buzz of a bumble bee"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of a bell being struck

"saved by the bell" "she heard the distant toll of church bells"

(... is a kind of sound ) a short high tone produced as a signal or warning

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of stroke or blow

"he heard the beat of a drum"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of a drum

"he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of a step of someone walking

"he heard footsteps on the porch"

(... is a kind of sound ) a sharp explosive sound as from a gunshot or drawing a cork

(... is a kind of sound ) a hollow twanging sound

(... is a kind of sound ) a sharp high-pitched resonant sound (as of a sonar echo or a bullet striking metal)

(... is a kind of sound ) a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)

(... is a kind of sound ) a quick succession of light rapid sounds

"the patter of mice" "the patter of tiny feet"

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound made by a gentle blow

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously

(... is a kind of sound ) sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

"he enjoyed the street noises" "they heard indistinct noises of people talking" "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"

(... is a kind of sound ) a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing)

"the knocking grew louder"

(... is a kind of sound ) a metallic sound

"the jingle of coins" "the jangle of spurs"

(... is a kind of sound ) the bubbling sound of water flowing from a bottle with a narrow neck

(... is a kind of sound ) the sound produced while gargling

(... is a kind of sound ) a dull resonant sound as of a bell

Definition 6: a large ocean inlet or deep bay - [noun denoting object]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast

(sound is a kind of ...) the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)

"they invaded our territorial waters" "they were sitting by the water's edge"

(... is an instance of sound) a sound between Long Island and Connecticut

(... is an instance of sound) an inlet of the North Pacific in northwestern Washington State

(... is an instance of sound) an inlet of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia

Definition 7: a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is a kind of ...) a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels

"the ship went aground in the channel"

(... is a kind of sound ) a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water

(... is an instance of sound) the strait between the Aegean and the Sea of Marmara that separates European Turkey from Asian Turkey

(... is an instance of sound) a strait of the English Channel between the coast of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

(... is an instance of sound) the strait separating Vancouver Island from the Canadian mainland

(... is an instance of sound) the strait between Spain and Africa

(... is an instance of sound) a strategically important strait linking the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman

(... is an instance of sound) the strait separating South America from Tierra del Fuego and other islands to the south of the continent; discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520; an important route around South America before the Panama Canal was built

(... is an instance of sound) the strait separating Sicily from the tip of Italy

(... is an instance of sound) the strait between the English Channel and the North Sea; shortest distance between England and the European continent

(... is an instance of sound) the strait between the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra; it connects the Pacific Ocean to the east with the Indian Ocean to the west and is an important shipping lane

(... is an instance of sound) a broad strait of the North Sea between Jutland and Norway

(... is an instance of sound) a strait between Northern Ireland and Scotland that connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea

(... is an instance of sound) a tidal strait separating Manhattan and the Bronx from Queens and Brooklyn

(... is an instance of sound) a strait connecting the Bering Sea to the Arctic Ocean

(... is an instance of sound) a strait connecting the Mediterranean and the Black Sea; separates the European and Asian parts of Turkey; an important shipping route

(... is an instance of sound) a narrow strait separating the North Island and South Island in New Zealand

(... is an instance of sound) a strait in western California that connects the San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean; discovered in 1579 by Sir Francis Drake

(... is an instance of sound) a strait of the North Sea between Jutland and Sweden; connects with the North Sea through the Skagerrak

(... is an instance of sound) a strait between Korea and Japan; connects the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan

(... is an instance of sound) a strait in northern Wales between Anglesey Island and the mainland

(... is an instance of sound) a strait between northeastern Australia and southern New Guinea that connects the Coral Sea with the Arafura Sea

Definition 8: mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • falling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them

(sound is a kind of ...) a physical phenomenon associated with the equilibrium or motion of objects

(... is a kind of sound ) very high frequency sound; used in ultrasonography

Definition 9: measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line - [verb of change]

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is a kind of ...) express as a number or measure or quantity

"Can you quantify your results?"

Definition 10: utter with vibrating vocal chords - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is a kind of ...) speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

"She pronounces French words in a funny way" "I cannot say `zip wire'" "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a shrill creaking, squeaking, or noise, as of a door, mouse, or bird

(... is a kind of sound ) give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency

Definition 11: make a certain noise or sound - [verb of perception]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She went `Mmmmm'
  • The gun went `bang'

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is a kind of ...) have perceptible qualities

(... is a kind of sound ) emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound

"The thunder rolled" "rolling drums"

(... is a kind of sound ) make light, repeated taps on a surface

"he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"

(... is a kind of sound ) make light, rapid and repeated sounds

"gently pattering rain"

(... is a kind of sound ) make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground

(... is a kind of sound ) make a dull sound

"the knocker thudded against the front door"

(... is a kind of sound ) ring or echo with sound

"the hall resounded with laughter"

(... is a kind of sound ) make whistling sounds

"He lay there, snoring and whistling"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a loud noise

"The horns of the taxis blared"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a very sharp explosive sound

"His gun cracked"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a sharp sound

"his fingers snapped"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a dry crackling sound

"rustling silk" "the dry leaves were rustling in the breeze"

(... is a kind of sound ) emit a sound

"bells and gongs chimed"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a buzzing sound

"bees were buzzing around the hive"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a clicking or ticking sound

"The clock ticked away"

(... is a kind of sound ) click repeatedly or uncontrollably

"Chattering teeth"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a soft swishing sound

"the motor whirred" "the car engine purred"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a monotonous low dull sound

"The harmonium was droning on"

(... is a kind of sound ) move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound

"The bubbles swoshed around in the glass" "The curtain swooshed open"

(... is a kind of sound ) flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise

"babbling brooks"

(... is a kind of sound ) to produce a sharp often metallic explosive or percussive sound

"One of them banged the sash of the window nearest my bed"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a resonant sound, like artillery

"His deep voice boomed through the hall"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a low noise

"rumbling thunder"

(... is a kind of sound ) emit a single short high-pitched signal

"The computer bleeped away"

(... is a kind of sound ) sound with a monotonous hum

(... is a kind of sound ) make a splashing sound

"water was splashing on the floor"

(... is a kind of sound ) make or emit a high sound

"tinkling bells"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a sharp explosive noise

"The cork of the champagne bottle popped"

(... is a kind of sound ) sound loudly and sonorously

"the bells rang"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a dull, explosive sound

"the engine chugged down the street"

(... is a kind of sound ) make short successive sounds

(... is a kind of sound ) make a rhythmic sound

"Rain drummed against the windshield" "The drums beat all night"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a deep hollow sound

"Her voice booms out the words of the song"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a loud resonant noise

"the alarm clangored throughout the building"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a clank

"the train clanked through the village"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a loud noise

"clanging metal"

(... is a kind of sound ) sound with a twang

"the bowstring was twanging"

(... is a kind of sound ) give off the sound of a bullet flattening on impact

(... is a kind of sound ) emit a noise

(... is a kind of sound ) make a light, metallic sound; go `ting'

(... is a kind of sound ) make a sound as if blown

"The whistle blew"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound

"the kettle was singing" "the bullet sang past his ear"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a sound like a clock or a timer

"the clocks were ticking" "the grandfather clock beat midnight"

(... is a kind of sound ) sound with resonance

"The sound resonates well in this theater"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a sucking sound

(... is a kind of sound ) produce a sound as if from a trumpet

(... is a kind of sound ) sound like a car engine that is firing too early

"the car pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline" "The car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a short high-pitched sound

"the bullet pinged when they struck the car"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a sound like a liquid that is being poured from a bottle

(... is a kind of sound ) make a sibilant sound

(... is a kind of sound ) sound by having air expelled through a tube

"The trumpets blew"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a gurgling sound as of liquid issuing from a bottle

"the wine bottles glugged"

(... is a kind of sound ) make sounds similar to gurgling water

"The baby gurgled with satisfaction when the mother tickled it"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a shrill, wailing sound

"skirling bagpipes"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a weak, chirping sound

"the small bird was tweeting in the tree"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a sudden loud sound

"the waves crashed on the shore and kept us awake all night"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise

"Bullets snarled past us"

Definition 12: cause to sound - [verb of perception]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sound the bell
  • sound a certain note

(... is a kind of sound ) perform music on (a musical instrument)

"He plays the flute" "Can you play on this old recorder?"

(... is a kind of sound ) cause to make a sharp explosive sound

"He popped the champagne bottle"

(... is a kind of sound ) make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification

"Ring the bells" "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"

(... is a kind of sound ) sound the strings of (a stringed instrument)

"strum a guitar"

(... is a kind of sound ) cause to make a ting

(... is a kind of sound ) sound a gong

(... is a kind of sound ) lead up to and soften by sounding the dissonant note in it as a consonant note in the preceding chord

"prepare the discord in bar 139"

(... is a kind of sound ) cause to sound with a twang

"He twanged the guitar string"

(... is a kind of sound ) play or sound a wind instrument

"She blew the horn"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a high sound typical of glass

"champagne glasses clinked to make a toast"

(sound causes ...) make a certain noise or sound

"She went `Mmmmm'" "The gun went `bang'"

Definition 13: announce by means of a sound - [verb of perception]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sound the alarm

(sound is a kind of ...) make known; make an announcement

"She denoted her feelings clearly"

Definition 14: give off a certain sound or sounds - [verb of perception]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This record sounds scratchy

(... is a kind of sound ) make a cackling sound

"The fire cackled cozily"

(... is a kind of sound ) emit recorded sound

"The tape was playing for hours" "the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered"

(... is a kind of sound ) be dissonant or harsh

"The violins in this piece dissonated disturbingly"

(... is a kind of sound ) sound sharply or shrilly

"The scream pierced the night"

(... is a kind of sound ) make a characteristic or natural sound

"The drums spoke"

Definition 15: appear in a certain way - [verb of perception]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This sounds interesting

(sound is a kind of ...) give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

"She seems to be sleeping" "This appears to be a very difficult problem" "This project looks fishy" "They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time"

Definition 16: financially secure and safe - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sound investments
  • a sound economy

(sound is similar to ...) financially safe

"a good investment" "a secure investment"

(sound is similar to ...) firm and dependable; subject to little fluctuation

"the economy is stable"

(sound is similar to ...) financially sound

"the bank is solid and will survive this attack"

(sound is similar to ...) financially secure and functioning well

"a healthy economy"

(means also ...) not broken; whole and intact; in one piece

"fortunately the other lens is unbroken"

(means also ...) not injured physically or mentally

(means also ...) having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease

"a rosy healthy baby" "staying fit and healthy"

(means also ...) physically and mentally sound or healthy

"felt relaxed and fit after their holiday" "keeps fit with diet and exercise"

(means also ...) not harmed or spoiled; sound

(means also ...) conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being

"wholesome attitude" "wholesome appearance" "wholesome food"

Definition 17: in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sound timber
  • the wall is sound
  • a sound foundation

(sound is similar to ...) of good quality and condition; solidly built

"a solid foundation" "several substantial timber buildings"

Definition 18: complete; thorough - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • politicians have no sound grasp of technology issues
  • he has a sound understanding of the law

(sound is similar to ...) having every necessary or normal part or component or step

"a complete meal" "a complete wardrobe" "a complete set of the Britannica" "a complete set of china" "a complete defeat" "a complete accounting"

Definition 19: (of sleep) deep and complete - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a heavy sleep
  • fell into a profound sleep
  • a sound sleeper
  • deep wakeless sleep

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is similar to ...) relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply

"a deep breath" "a deep sigh" "deep concentration" "deep emotion" "a deep trance" "in a deep sleep"

Definition 20: in excellent physical condition - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • good teeth
  • I still have one good leg
  • a sound mind in a sound body

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is similar to ...) having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease

"a rosy healthy baby" "staying fit and healthy"

Definition 21: exercising or showing good judgment - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • healthy scepticism
  • a healthy fear of rattlesnakes
  • the healthy attitude of French laws
  • healthy relations between labor and management
  • an intelligent solution
  • a sound approach to the problem
  • sound advice
  • no sound explanation for his decision

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is similar to ...) showing reason or sound judgment

"a sensible choice" "a sensible person"

Definition 22: free from moral defect - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a man of sound character

(sound is similar to ...) characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice

"the...prayer of a righteous man availeth much"

Definition 23: vigorous or severe - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sound thrashing

(sound is similar to ...) having strength or power greater than average or expected

"a strong radio signal" "strong medicine" "a strong man"

Definition 24: having legal efficacy or force - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sound title to the property

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is similar to ...) well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force

"a valid inference" "a valid argument" "a valid contract"

Definition 25: logically valid - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where sound or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sound argument

Synonyms for sound in the sense of this definition

(sound is similar to ...) well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force

"a valid inference" "a valid argument" "a valid contract"

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