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Meaning of SOUND

Pronunciation:  sawnd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause; "the sound of rain on the roof"; "the beautiful sound of music"
  2. [n]  the subjective sensation of hearing something; "he strained to hear the faint sounds"
  3. [n]  the audible part of a transmitted signal; "they always raise the audio for commercials"
  4. [n]  (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
  5. [n]  the
  6. [n]  a large ocean inlet or deep bay; "the main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast"
  7. [n]  a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
  8. [n]  mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium; "falling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them"
  9. [adv]  deeply or completely; "slept soundly through the storm"; "is sound asleep"
  10. [adj]  thorough; "a sound thrashing"
  11. [adj]  (of sleep) deep and complete; "a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep"
  12. [adj]  in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body"
  13. [adj]  exercising or showing good judgment; "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 reasonable explanation for his decision"
  14. [adj]  free from moral defect; "a man of sound character"
  15. [adj]  financially secure and safe; "sound investments"; "a sound economy"
  16. [adj]  in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay; "a sound timber"; "the wall is sound"; "a sound foundation"
  17. [adj]  having legal efficacy or force; "a sound title to the property"
  18. [adj]  reflects weight of sound argument or evidence; "a sound argument"
  19. [v]  measure depths with a sounding line, as of a body of water
  20. [v]  utter with vibrating vocal chords
  21. [v]  appear in a certain way; "This sounds interesting"
  22. [v]  give off a certain sound or sounds; "This record sounds scratchy"
  23. [v]  make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
  24. [v]  cause to sound; "sound the bell"; "sound a certain note"
  25. [v]  announce by means of a sound; "sound the alarm"

SOUND is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: audio, auditory sensation, complete, deep, dependable, fathom, go, good, healthy, heavy, intelligent, legal, levelheaded, phone, profound, reasonable, reasoned, righteous, safe, secure, sensible, solid, soundly, speech sound, stable, strait, strong, substantial, valid, vocalise, vocalize, voice, wakeless, well-grounded
 Antonyms: devoice, quiet, silence, unsound
 See Also: announce, appear, articulate, auditory communication, babble, bang, beat, beat, beep, beep, bell, Bering Strait, birr, birr, blare, bleep, bleep, blow, body of water, bombilate, bombilation, bombinate, bombination, boom, boom out, Bosporus, bubble, burble, buzz, buzz, cackel, cause to be perceived, channel, chatter, chime, chink, chink, chirk, chirp, chirrup, chorus, chug, clang, clangor, clangour, clank, claxon, click, click, click-clack, clink, clink, clop, clump, clump, clunk, clunk, consonant, crack, crump, crunch, cry, Dardanelles, denote, din, dissonance, dissonate, drone, drum, drum, drum roll, drumbeat, East River, echo, enounce, enunciate, euphony, fit, footfall, footstep, gargle, glide, glug, Golden Gate, gong, grumble, guggle, gurgle, gurgle, happening, Hellespont, honk, hum, jangle, jingle, knell, knock, knock, knocking, Korea Strait, Korean Strait, language unit, lap, linguistic unit, Long Island Sound, look, make noise, measure, mechanical phenomenon, Menai Strait, murmur, murmuration, murmuring, music, mussitation, mutter, muttering, narrow, natural event, noise, noise, noise, noisiness, occurrence, orinasal, orinasal phone, paradiddle, Pas-de-Calais, pat, patter, patter, peal, peal, pealing, phoneme, pierce, ping, ping, pink, pitter-patter, play, plunk, plunk, pop, pop, popping, prepare, pronounce, Puget Sound, pure tone, purr, purr, quack, quantify, quaver, quaver, racket, racketiness, rap, rap, rattle, resonate, resound, reverberate, ring, ring, ring, ringing, ripple, roll, roll, rolling, rub-a-dub, rumble, rustle, say, scrunch, seem, semivowel, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression, sigh, sing, skirl, skirl, slosh, slush, snap, snarl, Solent, sonant, song, sound, sound off, sound out, sound property, speak, splash, splat, splosh, squelch, step, Strait of Calais, Strait of Dover, Strait of Georgia, Strait of Gibraltar, Strait of Hormuz, Strait of Magellan, Strait of Messina, Strait of Ormuz, strike up, strum, strum, susurration, susurrus, swish, swish, swosh, tap, tap, tapping, telecasting, television, the Solent, throbbing, thrum, thrum, thud, thud, thump, thump, thumping, thunk, tick, tick, ticking, ticktack, ticktock, ting, ting, tink, tinkle, tinkle, tintinnabulation, tone, toot, toot, tootle, trample, trampling, trump, TV, twang, twang, tweet, twirp, twitter, ultrasound, unbroken, undamaged, uninjured, unison, utterance, vibrate, vibrato, video, vocalization, voice, voice, voiced sound, vowel, vowel sound, water, waver, whir, whir, whirr, whirr, whirring, whish, whistle, whistle, whistling, whiz, whiz, whizz, wholesome, zing, zizz



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sound\, n. [AS. sund a swimming, akin to E. swim. See
    The air bladder of a fish; as, cod sounds are an esteemed
    article of food.
  2. \Sound\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    A cuttlefish. [Obs.] --Ainsworth.
  3. \Sound\, a. [Compar. {Sounder}; superl. {Soundest}.] [OE.
    sound, AS. sund; akin to D. gezond, G. gesund, OHG. gisunt,
    Dan. & Sw. sund, and perhaps to L. sanus. Cf. {Sane}.]
    1. Whole; unbroken; unharmed; free from flaw, defect, or
       decay; perfect of the kind; as, sound timber; sound fruit;
       a sound tooth; a sound ship.
    2. Healthy; not diseased; not being in a morbid state; --
       said of body or mind; as, a sound body; a sound
       constitution; a sound understanding.
    3. Firm; strong; safe.
             The brasswork here, how rich it is in beams, And
             how, besides, it makes the whole house sound.
    4. Free from error; correct; right; honest; true; faithful;
       orthodox; -- said of persons; as, a sound lawyer; a sound
             Do not I know you a favorer Of this new seat? Ye are
             nor sound.                            --Shak.
    5. Founded in truth or right; supported by justice; not to be
       overthrown on refuted; not fallacious; as, sound argument
       or reasoning; a sound objection; sound doctrine; sound
             Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast
             heard of me.                          --2 Tim. i.
    6. heavy; laid on with force; as, a sound beating.
    7. Undisturbed; deep; profound; as, sound sleep.
    8. Founded in law; legal; valid; not defective; as, a sound
       title to land.
    Note: Sound is sometimes used in the formation of
          self-explaining compounds; as, sound-headed,
          sound-hearted, sound-timbered, etc.
    {Sound currency} (Com.), a currency whose actual value is the
       same as its nominal value; a currency which does not
       deteriorate or depreciate or fluctuate in comparision with
       the standard of values.
  4. \Sound\, adv.
          So sound he slept that naught might him awake.
  5. \Sound\, n. [AS. sund a narrow sea or strait; akin to
    Icel., Sw., Dan. & G. sund, probably so named because it
    could be swum across. See {Swim}.] (Geog.)
    A narrow passage of water, or a strait between the mainland
    and an island; also, a strait connecting two seas, or
    connecting a sea or lake with the ocean; as, the Sound
    between the Baltic and the german Ocean; Long Island Sound.
          The Sound of Denmark, where ships pay toll. --Camden.
    {Sound dues}, tolls formerly imposed by Denmark on vessels
       passing through the Baltic Sound.
  6. \Sound\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sounded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Sounding}.] [F. sonder; cf. AS. sundgyrd a sounding rod,
    sundline a sounding line (see {Sound} a narrow passage of
    1. To measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to
       ascertain the depth of by means of a line and plummet.
    2. Fig.: To ascertain, or try to ascertain, the thoughts,
       motives, and purposes of (a person); to examine; to try;
       to test; to probe.
             I was in jest, And by that offer meant to sound your
             breast.                               --Dryden.
             I've sounded my Numidians man by man. --Addison.
    3. (Med.) To explore, as the bladder or urethra, with a
       sound; to examine with a sound; also, to examine by
       auscultation or percussion; as, to sound a patient.
  7. \Sound\, v. i.
    To ascertain the depth of water with a sounding line or other
          I sound as a shipman soundeth in the sea with his
          plummet to know the depth of sea.        --Palsgrave.
  8. \Sound\, n. [F. sonde. See {Sound} to fathom.] (Med.)
    Any elongated instrument or probe, usually metallic, by which
    cavities of the body are sounded or explored, especially the
    bladder for stone, or the urethra for a stricture.
  9. \Sound\, n. [OE. soun, OF. son, sun, F. son, fr. L. sonus
    akin to Skr. svana sound, svan to sound, and perh. to E.
    swan. Cf. {Assonant}, {Consonant}, {Person}, {Sonata},
    {Sonnet}, {Sonorous}, {Swan}.]
    1. The peceived object occasioned by the impulse or vibration
       of a material substance affecting the ear; a sensation or
       perception of the mind received through the ear, and
       produced by the impulse or vibration of the air or other
       medium with which the ear is in contact; the effect of an
       impression made on the organs of hearing by an impulse or
       vibration of the air caused by a collision of bodies, or
       by other means; noise; report; as, the sound of a drum;
       the sound of the human voice; a horrid sound; a charming
       sound; a sharp, high, or shrill sound.
             The warlike sound Of trumpets loud and clarions.
    2. The occasion of sound; the impulse or vibration which
       would occasion sound to a percipient if present with
       unimpaired; hence, the theory of vibrations in elastic
       media such cause sound; as, a treatise on sound.
    Note: In this sense, sounds are spoken of as audible and
    3. Noise without signification; empty noise; noise and
       nothing else.
             Sense and not sound . . . must be the principle.
    {Sound boarding}, boards for holding pugging, placed in
       partitions of under floors in order to deaden sounds.
    {Sound bow}, in a series of transverse sections of a bell,
       that segment against which the clapper strikes, being the
       part which is most efficacious in producing the sound. See
       Illust. of {Bell}.
    {Sound post}. (Mus.) See {Sounding post}, under {Sounding}.
  10. \Sound\, v. i. [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F.
    sonner, from L. sonare. See {Sound} a noise.]
    1. To make a noise; to utter a voice; to make an impulse of
       the air that shall strike the organs of hearing with a
       perceptible effect. ``And first taught speaking trumpets
       how to sound.'' --Dryden.
             How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues! --Shak.
    2. To be conveyed in sound; to be spread or published; to
       convey intelligence by sound.
             From you sounded out the word of the Lord. --1
                                                   Thess. i. 8.
    3. To make or convey a certain impression, or to have a
       certain import, when heard; hence, to seem; to appear; as,
       this reproof sounds harsh; the story sounds like an
             Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear Things
             that do sound so fair?                --Shak.
    {To sound in} or {into}, to tend to; to partake of the nature
       of; to be consonant with. [Obs., except in the phrase To
       sound in damages, below.]
             Soun[d]ing in moral virtue was his speech.
    {To sound in damages} (Law), to have the essential quality of
       damages. This is said of an action brought, not for the
       recovery of a specific thing, as replevin, etc., but for
       damages only, as trespass, and the like.
  11. \Sound\, v. t.
    1. To causse to make a noise; to play on; as, to sound a
       trumpet or a horn.
             A bagpipe well could he play and soun[d]. --Chaucer.
    2. To cause to exit as a sound; as, to sound a note with the
       voice, or on an instrument.
    3. To order, direct, indicate, or proclain by a sound, or
       sounds; to give a signal for by a certain sound; as, to
       sound a retreat; to sound a parley.
             The clock sounded the hour of noon.   --G. H. Lewes.
    4. To celebrate or honor by sounds; to cause to be reported;
       to publish or proclaim; as, to sound the praises of fame
       of a great man or a great exploit.
    5. To examine the condition of (anything) by causing the same
       to emit sounds and noting their character; as, to sound a
       piece of timber; to sound a vase; to sound the lungs of a
    6. To signify; to import; to denote. [Obs.] --Milton.
             Soun[d]ing alway the increase of his winning.
Computing Dictionary

1. audio.

2. An inference system A is sound with respect to another system B if A can only reach conclusions which are true in B. A type inference system is considered sound with respect to a semantics if the type inferred for an expression is the same as the type inferred for the meaning of that expression under the semantics.

The dual to soundness is completeness.