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Sound appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Sounding by sound is a sound method of sounding sounds.
    (by Pierre Abbat)
  • Now the trees are all groaning in growling, rough gales
    That with thuds and hoarse roaring roll raging around!
    Such leaf-rousing, branch-ruining, ripping, raw wails,
    Such a terrible, thrashing and tree-wrecking sound!
    (by Mark Scrivener)

Usage statistics for the noun sound:

imaginative writing70.96%informational writing29.04%

Usage statistics for the verb sound:

conversational speech63.36%task-oriented speech36.64% imaginative writing81.05%informational writing18.95%
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The word sound is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun sound

What does sound mean as a name of something?

Sound is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: sounds

  1. the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause
    • examples: the sound of rain on the roof | the beautiful sound of music
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • antonym: silence
    • more generic term: sound property = an attribute of sound
    • more specific words:
      • racketiness / noisiness = the auditory effect characterized by loud and constant noise
      • ring = a characteristic sound
      • unison = two or more sounds or tones at the same pitch or in octaves
      • voice = the distinctive quality or pitch or condition of a person's speech
  2. the subjective sensation of hearing something
  3. mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium
    • example: falling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • more generic term: mechanical phenomenon = a physical phenomenon associated with the equilibrium or motion of objects
    • more specific word: ultrasound = very high frequency sound
  4. the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  5. the audible part of a transmitted signal
  6. (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
  7. a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of sound: strait
    • more generic word: channel = a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels
    • more specific word: narrow = a narrow strait connecting two bodies of water
    • instances:
      • Canakkale Bogazi / Dardanelles / Hellespont = the strait between the Aegean and the Sea of Marmara that separates European Turkey from Asian Turkey
      • East River = a tidal strait separating Manhattan and the Bronx from Queens and Brooklyn
      • Bering Strait = a strait connecting the Bering Sea to the Arctic Ocean
      • Bosporus = a strait connecting the Mediterranean and the Black Sea; separates the European and Asian parts of Turkey
      • Cook Strait = a narrow strait separating the North Island and South Island in New Zealand
      • Golden Gate = a strait in western California that connects the San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean
      • Kattegatt = a strait of the North Sea between Jutland and Sweden
      • Korean Strait / Korea Strait = a strait between Korea and Japan
      • Menai Strait = a strait in northern Wales between Anglesey Island and the mainland
      • North Channel = a strait between Northern Ireland and Scotland that connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea
      • Skagerrak / Skagerak = a broad strait of the North Sea between Jutland and Norway
      • Solent = a strait of the English Channel between the coast of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
      • Strait of Georgia = the strait separating Vancouver Island from the Canadian mainland
      • Strait of Gibraltar = the strait between Spain and Africa
      • Strait of Hormuz / Strait of Ormuz = a strategically important strait linking the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman
      • Strait of Magellan = the strait separating South America from Tierra del Fuego and other islands to the south of the continent; discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520
      • Strait of Messina = the strait separating Sicily from the tip of Italy
      • Strait of Calais / Strait of Dover / Pas de Calais = the strait between the English Channel and the North Sea
      • Strait of Malacca = the strait between the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra
      • Torres Strait = a strait between northeastern Australia and southern New Guinea that connects the Coral Sea with the Arafura Sea
  8. a large ocean inlet or deep bay
    • example: the main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic terms: body of water / water = the part of the earth's surface covered with water
    • instances:

Alternative definition of the noun sound


  1. A sensation perceived by the ear caused by the vibration of air or some other medium.
  2. A vibration capable of causing this.
  3. [music] A distinctive style and sonority of a particular musician, orchestra etc
  4. [geography]: Long narrow inlet. (Puget Sound, Owen Sound, etc.)
  5. A probe (e.g. a surgeon's tool)

Definition of the adjective sound

What does sound mean as an attribute of a noun?

Sound is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: sounder | soundest

  1. financially secure and safe
  2. exercising or showing good judgment
  3. in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay
  4. in excellent physical condition
    • example: a sound mind in a sound body
    • synonym of sound: good
    • similar: healthy
  5. logically valid
  6. having legal efficacy or force
  7. vigorous or severe
    • example: a sound thrashing
    • similar: strong
  8. free from moral defect
    • example: a man of sound character
    • similar: righteous
  9. (of sleep) deep and complete
  10. complete; thorough
    • examples: politicians have no sound grasp of technology issues | he has a sound understanding of the law
    • similar: complete

Alternative definition of the adjective sound


  1. See Healthy.
  2. Complete, solid, or secure.
  3. [mathematics, logic] [context: argument, logical system] having the soundness property.
  4. [British, slang] Good or a good thing.
  5. sound asleep; quietly resting, sleeping peacefully; undisturbed

Definition of the verb sound

What does sound mean as a doing word?

Sound is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: sounded | sounding | sounds

  1. appear in a certain way
    • examples: This sounds interesting | John will sound angry
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: appear / look / seem = give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  2. make a certain noise or sound
  3. give off a certain sound or sounds
    • example: This record sounds scratchy
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Stimulus] [Verb] [Adjective]That pea soup tasted delicious
      [Stimulus] [Verb] [Adjective] to [Experiencer]That pea soup tasted delicious to me

      Verbs of Perception (with the same syntax): feel, look, smell, taste.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more specific words:
      • cackel = make a cackling sound
      • play = emit recorded sound
      • dissonate = be dissonant or harsh
      • pierce = sound sharply or shrilly
      • speak = make a characteristic or natural sound
  4. announce by means of a sound
    • example: sound the alarm
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: announce / denote = make known
  5. utter with vibrating vocal chords
  6. cause to sound
    • examples: sound the bell | sound a certain note
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      there [Verb] [Theme, indefinite]There echoed voices through the hall
      [Location - location, but not region] [Verb] with [Theme]The hall echoed with voices
      [Theme - sound] [Verb]The beer foamed | The voices echoed | Unicorns don't exist
      [Theme - sound] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]A fire raged in the mountains | Flowers abound in the garden | The voices echoed through the hall
      [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme]Through the hall echoed a loud cry

      Verbs of Existence (with the same syntax): echo, resonate, resound, reverberate, roll.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more specific words:
      • play = perform music on
      • blow = play or sound a wind instrument
      • twang = cause to sound with a twang
      • prepare = lead up to and soften by sounding the dissonant note in it as a consonant note in the preceding chord
      • gong = sound a gong
      • ting = cause to make a ting
      • strum / thrum = sound the strings of
      • knell / ring = make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification
      • pop = cause to make a sharp explosive sound
      • clink = make a high sound typical of glass
    • cause: go
  7. measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of sound: fathom
    • more generic words: measure / quantify = express as a number or measure or quantity


"Sound" is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Kaushik Ganguly.


"Sound" is a book by Lim Puay, Darlene Lauw, Cheng Puay Lim.

  • subject: Sound


  1. "Sound" was the first single taken from Seven, the fourth studio album by the Manchester band James.
  2. "Sound" is the debut album by free jazz saxophononist Roscoe Mitchell, recorded in 1966 and released on the Delmark label. It features performances by Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Maurice McIntyre, Lester Lashley and Alvin Fielder. The CD reissue includes two takes of "Sound", which were edited together to form the original LP version, and an alternative take of "Ornette".
  3. "Sound" is the fourth studio album by the British band Dreadzone. It was released in 2001 on Ruff Life Records.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  4. "Sound" is a 1991 single album by James.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  5. "Sound" is a musical album of Roscoe Mitchell Sextet.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  6. "Sound" is a musical single of Télépopmusik & Mark Gardener.
    • released on
  7. "Sound" a.k.a. "Sound..." is a musical album of The Mighty Lemon Drops.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  8. "Sound" is a musical album of The Gates.
    • released on
  9. "Sound" is a composition.
  10. "Sound" is a musical album of Skatobeat.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  11. "Sound" is a musical album of Nidbärg Schrinzer.
  12. "Sound" is a musical single of Colorama.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  13. "Sound" is a composition.


  1. Sound is an independent Filipino jazz band composed of Dru Ubaldo, Erwin Fajardo, Sach Castillo, and Francis Magat.
  2. Sound is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like A Sound, A-sound, D Sound, D'Sound, Sound 5, Sound-Ra, I've Sound, KOAN Sound, Sound Bros, Sound Corp, Sound Ogre, Sound Team, S.I.D-Sound, Sleep Sound, Sound Holic, White Sound, A Sound Mind, Pärson Sound, Rotten Sound and Silent Sound.


Sound is a record label.


  1. Sound: In physics, sound is a vibration that propagates as a typically audible mechanical wave of pressure and displacement, through a medium such as air or water. In physiology and psychology, sound is the reception of such waves and their perception by the brain.
    • also known as Suara, 声音
  2. Sound a.k.a. Sound Technician is film job.
  3. Sound: In medicine, sounds are instruments for probing and dilating passages within the body, the best-known examples of which are urethral sounds and uterine sounds. Some people enjoy using them for urethral play.
  4. Sound was a weekly music, entertainment and chat show broadcast by BBC2 as part of the BBC Switch teen strand. It was presented by BBC Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw.
  5. Sound: In nautical terms, the word sound is used to describe the process of determining the depth of water in a tank or under a ship. Tanks are sounded to determine if they are full or empty and for other reasons. Soundings may also be taken of the water around a ship if it is in shallow water to aid in navigation.

Phrases with Sound

Phrases starting with the word Sound:

  1. sound bow
  2. Sound box
  3. sound law
  4. sound off
  5. sound out
  6. sound bite
  7. Sound card
  8. sound film
  9. sound hole
  10. sound unit
  11. sound wave
  12. Sound-Card
  13. Sound stage
  14. sound truck
  15. Sound-alike
  16. sound asleep

Phrases ending with the word Sound:

  1. puget sound
  2. vowel sound
  3. Mersey Sound
  4. Second sound

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sound

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Google previewA Treatise on the law of all actions and suits within the jurisdiction of the Civil Bill Court, and the principles, pleading, and evidence relating thereto (1844)

The word “ sound means that the animal is (a) Best v. Osborne, Ry. & M. Who may war. rant, “free from disease at the time. tracts, 465; or Scholefield v. Robb, 290. 2 M. & Rob .

Google previewThe Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia (2000)

by Charles Taylor

Sound consists of vibrations that travel through a medium, such as air or water. These vibrations can be detected by the ears of animals. Prongs move out When the prongs move out, they compress nearby air. Prongs move in When the prongs ...

Google previewA general Pronouncing and Explanatory Dictionary of the English language (1812)

for the use of schools, foreigners, etc. on the plan of Sheridan by Stephen Jones, Thomas Sheridan

Our diphthong u has also a sound that resembles it in French, to be found in the words Dieu, mieux ; but the difference will instantly be perceived by sounding after ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors (2001)

by Waldemar Karwowski

The application of these standards requires a basic knowledge of the physics of sound, the common metrics for noise measurement and the equipment to be used. Other considerations include: measurement of high-level, impulse noises ...

Google previewArchitect's Illustrated Pocket Dictionary (2012)

by Nikolas Davies, Erkki Jokiniemi

acroterion acoustical glass see sound control glass. acoustical treatment see acoustic treatment. acoustic attenuation see attenuation. acoustic attenuator see muffler. acoustic board softboard whose surface is shaped, perforated or machined ...

Google previewHarvard Dictionary of Music (1969)

by Willi Apel

Fading sound: reduction in amplitude without change in frequency .

Google previewDictionary of Physics (2014)

by Michael Chapple

sound waves This may not seem of much use if the new, stronger magnetic field cannot be accessed because of the ferromagnetic core. It is, however, useful in two ways. Both the magnetic field outside the solenoid and the self-inductance of ...

Google previewSinhalese English Dictionary (1982)

by B. Clough

(Si ru tt» sound, etc.) sound , noise in general. , Ruwakdra, s. plant, ochna grandiflora: see SASH'S mallcfra.

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Usage statistics about sound

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun sound:

imaginative writing70.96%informational writing29.04%

Usage statistics for the verb sound:

conversational speech63.36%task-oriented speech36.64% imaginative writing81.05%informational writing18.95%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sound:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun sound and its most common antonym:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective sound:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sound:


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Quotes about Sound

Generally, you are held to a sound and that becomes your sound. That gets branded as your sound, and all the copycats start with it because the labels are looking for that sound. (Randy Bachman)
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Scrabble value of S1O1U1N1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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