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Meaning of SOUNDING

Pronunciation:  'sawnding

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding line)
  2. [n]  a measure of the depth of water taken by sounding
  3. [adj]  making or having a sound as specified; used as a combining form; "harsh-sounding"
  4. [adj]  having volume or depth; "sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal"; "the sounding cataract haunted me like a passion"- Wordsworth
  5. [adj]  appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms; "left their clothes dirty looking"; "a most disagreeable looking character"; "angry-looking"; "liquid-looking"; "severe-looking policemen on noble horses"; "fine-sounding phrases"; "taken in by high-sounding talk"

SOUNDING is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: audible, full, hearable, looking, superficial
 See Also: depth, measure, measurement, measuring, mensuration



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sound"ing\, a.
    Making or emitting sound; hence, sonorous; as, sounding
    words. --Dryden.
  2. \Sound"ing\, n.
    1. The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the
       senses of the several verbs).
    2. (Naut.) [From {Sound} to fathom.]
       (a) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so
       (b) Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where
           a sounding line will reach the bottom; -- usually in
           the plural.
       (c) The sand, shells, or the like, that are brought up by
           the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.
    {Sounding lead}, the plummet at the end of a sounding line.
    {Sounding line}, a line having a plummet at the end, used in
       making soundings.
    {Sounding post} (Mus.), a small post in a violin,
       violoncello, or similar instrument, set under the bridge
       as a support, for propagating the sounds to the body of
       the instrument; -- called also {sound post}.
    {Sounding rod} (Naut.), a rod used to ascertain the depth of
       water in a ship's hold.
    {In soundings}, within the eighty-fathom line. --Ham. Nav.