sound: Meaning and Definition of
- to make or emit a sound.
- to give forth a sound as a call or summons: The bugle sounded as the troops advanced.
- to be heard, as a sound.
- to convey a certain impression when heard or read: to sound strange.
- to give a specific sound: to sound loud.
- to give the appearance of being; seem: The report sounds true.
- to have as its basis or foundation (usually fol. by in): His action sounds in contract.
- to cause to make or emit a sound: to sound a bell.
- to give forth (a sound): The oboe sounded an A.
- to announce, order, or direct by or as by a sound: The bugle sounded retreat. His speech sounded a warning to aggressor nations.
- to utter audibly, pronounce, or express: to sound each letter.
- to examine by percussion or auscultation: to sound a patient's chest.
- Has he been sounding off about his golf game again?
- to call out one's name, as at military roll call.
- to speak freely or frankly, esp. to complain in such a manner.
- to exaggerate; boast:Has he been sounding off about his golf game again?
— adj., adv. -er, -est,
- free from injury, damage, defect, disease, etc.; in good condition; healthy; robust: a sound heart; a sound mind.
- financially strong, secure, or reliable: a sound business; sound investments.
- competent, sensible, or valid: sound judgment.
- having no defect as to truth, justice, wisdom, or reason: sound advice.
- of substantial or enduring character: sound moral values.
- following in a systematic pattern without any apparent defect in logic: sound reasoning.
- uninterrupted and untroubled; deep: sound sleep.
- vigorous, thorough, or severe: a sound thrashing.
- free from moral defect or weakness; upright, honest, or good; honorable; loyal.
- having no legal defect: a sound title to property.
- theologically correct or orthodox, as doctrines or a theologian.
- deeply; thoroughly: sound asleep.
- to use the lead and line or some other device for measuring depth, as at sea.
- to go down or touch bottom, as a lead.
- to plunge downward or dive, as a whale.
- to make investigation; seek information, esp. by indirect inquiries.
- a long, slender instrument for sounding or exploring body cavities or canals.
- a relatively narrow passage of water between larger bodies of water or between the mainland and an island: Long Island Sound.
- an inlet, arm, or recessed portion of the sea: Puget Sound.
- the air bladder of a fish.
- a strait between SW Sweden and Zealand, connecting the Kattegat and the Baltic. 87 mi. (140 km) long; 3–30 mi. (5–48 km) wide. Swedish and Danish,
- sound (Thesaurus)