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 sound sound

adj

  • () financially secure and safe  ( sound )
    financially secure and safe
     sound investments
    sound investments
     a sound economy
    a sound economy
  • () in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay  ( sound )
    in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay
     a sound timber
    a sound timber
     the wall is sound
    the wall is sound
     a sound foundation
    a sound foundation
  • noun

  • () the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause  ( sound )
    the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause
     the sound of rain on the roof
    the sound of rain on the roof
     the beautiful sound of music
    the beautiful sound of music
  • () the subjective sensation of hearing something  ( auditory sensation, sound )
    the subjective sensation of hearing something
     he strained to hear the faint sounds
    he strained to hear the faint sounds
  • () the sudden occurrence of an audible event  ( sound )
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
     the sound awakened them
    the sound awakened them
  • () mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium  ( sound )
    mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium
     falling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them
    falling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them
  • () the audible part of a transmitted signal  ( audio, sound )
    the audible part of a transmitted signal
     they always raise the audio for commercials
    they always raise the audio for commercials
  • () (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language  ( phone, speech sound, sound )
    (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
  • a large ocean inlet or deep bay  ( sound )
    a large ocean inlet or deep bay
     the main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast
    the main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast
  • a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water  ( sound, strait )
    a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
  • adj

  • () exercising or showing good judgment  ( healthy, level-headed, levelheaded, intelligent, sound )
    exercising or showing good judgment
     healthy scepticism
    healthy scepticism
     a healthy fear of rattlesnakes
    a healthy fear of rattlesnakes
     the healthy attitude of French laws
    the healthy attitude of French laws
     healthy relations between labor and management
    healthy relations between labor and management
     an intelligent solution
    an intelligent solution
     a sound approach to the problem
    a sound approach to the problem
     sound advice
    sound advice
     no sound explanation for his decision
    no sound explanation for his decision
  • () in excellent physical condition  ( good, sound )
    in excellent physical condition
     good teeth
    good teeth
     I still have one good leg
    I still have one good leg
     a sound mind in a sound body
    a sound mind in a sound body
  • complete; thorough  ( sound )
    complete; thorough
     politicians have no sound grasp of technology issues
    politicians have no sound grasp of technology issues
     he has a sound understanding of the law
    he has a sound understanding of the law
  • (of sleep) deep and complete  ( heavy, profound, sound, wakeless )
    (of sleep) deep and complete
     a heavy sleep
    a heavy sleep
     fell into a profound sleep
    fell into a profound sleep
     a sound sleeper
    a sound sleeper
     deep wakeless sleep
    deep wakeless sleep
  • free from moral defect  ( sound )
    free from moral defect
     a man of sound character
    a man of sound character
  • vigorous or severe  ( sound )
    vigorous or severe
     a sound thrashing
    a sound thrashing
  • having legal efficacy or force  ( effectual, sound, legal )
    having legal efficacy or force
     a sound title to the property
    a sound title to the property
  • logically valid  ( reasoned, sound, well-grounded )
    logically valid
     a sound argument
    a sound argument
  • verb

  • () appear in a certain way  ( sound )
    appear in a certain way
     This sounds interesting
    This sounds interesting
  • () make a certain noise or sound  ( go, sound )
    make a certain noise or sound
     She went Mmmmm'
    She went Mmmmm'
     The gun went bang'
    The gun went bang'
  • () give off a certain sound or sounds  ( sound )
    give off a certain sound or sounds
     This record sounds scratchy
    This record sounds scratchy
  • () utter with vibrating vocal chords  ( vocalise, voice, sound, vocalize )
    utter with vibrating vocal chords
  • () announce by means of a sound  ( sound )
    announce by means of a sound
     sound the alarm
    sound the alarm
  • measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line  ( fathom, sound )
    measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
  • cause to sound  ( sound )
    cause to sound
     sound the bell
    sound the bell
     sound a certain note
    sound a certain note