noise: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (noiz), [key]
— n., v., noised, nois•ing.
  1. sound, esp. of a loud, harsh, or confused kind: deafening noises.
  2. a sound of any kind: to hear a noise at the door.
  3. loud shouting, outcry, or clamor.
  4. a nonharmonious or discordant group of sounds.
  5. an electric disturbance in a communications system that interferes with or prevents reception of a signal or of information, as the buzz on a telephone or snow on a television screen.
  6. extraneous, irrelevant, or meaningless facts, information, statistics, etc.: The noise in the report obscured its useful information.
  7. rumor or gossip, esp. slander.
  8. to speak vaguely; hint: He is making noises to the press about running for public office.
  1. to spread, as a report or rumor; disseminate (usually fol. by about or abroad): A new scandal is being noised about.
  1. to talk much or publicly.
  2. to make a noise, outcry, or clamor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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