sound: meaning and definitions

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What is sound?

What is sound?

  • The distance over which something can be heard: within sound of my voice.
  • Vibrations transmitted through an elastic solid or a liquid or gas, with frequencies in the approximate range of 20 to 20,000 hertz, capable of being detected by human organs of hearing.
  • Transmitted vibrations of any frequency.
  • The sensation stimulated in the organs of hearing by such vibrations in the air or other medium.
  • Such sensations considered as a group.
  • A distinctive noise: a hollow sound.
  • Linguistics An articulation made by the vocal apparatus: a vowel sound.
  • Linguistics The distinctive character of such an articulation: The words bear and bare have the same sound.
  • A mental impression; an implication: didn't like the sound of the invitation.
  • Auditory material that is recorded, as for a movie.
  • Meaningless noise.
  • Music A distinctive style, as of an orchestra or a singer.
  • Archaic Rumor; report.
  • To make or give forth a sound: The siren sounded.
  • To be given forth as a sound: The fanfare sounded.
  • To present a particular impression: That argument sounds reasonable.
  • To cause to give forth or produce a sound: sounded the gong.
  • To summon, announce, or signal by a sound: sound a warning.
  • Linguistics To articulate; pronounce: sound a vowel.
  • To make known; celebrate: "Nations unborn your mighty names shall sound” ( Alexander Pope).
  • To examine (a body organ or part) by causing to emit sound; auscultate.
  • sound off To express one's views vigorously: was always sounding off about higher taxes.
  • sound off To count cadence when marching in military formation.
  • Free from defect, decay, or damage; in good condition.
  • Free from disease or injury. See Synonyms at healthy.

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