sound1 [ saund ] noun ***
1. ) count something you can hear:
My car is making strange clicking sounds.
sound of: the sound of voices/laughter/footsteps
not make a sound (=be very quiet): Laura didn't make a sound as she left the room.
a ) uncount energy that travels through air or water and that a human ear can hear:
The aircraft could travel faster than the speed of sound.
b ) uncount the music, talking, and other noises that come from a radio, television, movie, etc.:
Something was interfering with the sound during the broadcast.
c ) uncount the loudness of a radio, television, etc: VOLUME:
Turn the sound up a little I can't hear.
2. ) count the particular musical style of a person, band, or place:
He plays an original jazz-gospel sound.
3. ) count a long narrow area of water that connects two larger areas of water:
Long Island Sound
4. ) sounds plural BRITISH INFORMAL TUNES
by the sound of it/things or from the sound of it/things
used for saying that you are basing your ideas, opinions, etc. on what you have heard or read:
From the sound of things, they'll probably have to move before next year.
like the sound of something
to be pleased by something you have heard or read:
A vacation in Greece? I like the sound of that!
Jeff didn't seem to like the sound of their plan.
sound 2 [ saund ] verb ***
1. ) linking verb to seem good, bad, interesting, exciting, etc. based on what you have heard, read, or know:
A cup of tea sounds perfect.
sound like: Costa Rica sounds like a great place for a relaxing vacation.
it sounds as if/as though: It sounds as if he's never home.
a ) to show a particular emotion or quality in your voice:
He always sounds too busy to talk.
sound like: I don't want to sound like I'm complaining, but this plan is unfair.
sound as if/as though: It sounds as if you're getting a cold.
b ) sounds good/great etc. SPOKEN used for telling someone that their idea or suggestion seems like a good one:
How about dinner and a movie tonight? Sounds great.
2. ) intransitive to produce a sound:
The sirens sounded, warning of a tornado.
a ) transitive to make something produce a sound:
Trains are required to sound their whistles as they approach a crossing.
3. ) transitive to pronounce a particular letter in a word: PRONOUNCE:
He has trouble sounding the letter r.
a ) to express a particular reaction to a situation, idea, or event:
sound a positive/hopeful/confident note: Officials sounded a hopeful note about finding the funding for the new school.
sound a note of caution/warning: A recovery in sales has been reported but most retailers have sounded a note of caution.
sound a warning/alarm (=inform people of a danger): The scheme hopes to sound an early warning to teenagers about the dangers of smoking.
4. ) transitive TECHNICAL to measure the depth of an area of water such as a lake or the ocean
,sound `off phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to express your opinions loudly, especially in an unreasonable way:
sound off about: Maria's always sounding off about politics.
2. ) AMERICAN if soldiers sound off, they count loudly together as part of a military exercise, for example while marching
,sound `out phrasal verb transitive
to try to find out someone's opinions, ideas, feelings, etc. by talking to them:
Candidates will be sounding out voters during the months before the election.
sound 3 [ saund ] adjective **
▸ 1 effective/reliable
▸ 2 thorough
▸ 3 healthy
▸ 4 in good condition
▸ 5 about sleep
▸ 6 about punishment
1. ) involving the use of good judgment, and therefore likely to be effective:
Administrators should make sure the programs are legally sound.
a sound decision
a ) reliable and sensible:
a sound business/company
Firms wishing to take part in the program must be able to show that they are financially sound.
2. ) thorough:
a sound understanding of basic teaching skills
3. ) healthy:
a sound heart
be of sound body/mind: The jury found that Holman was of sound mind when he committed the murder.
4. ) safe or in good condition:
a sound building
Investigators found the airplane to be structurally sound.
5. ) sound sleep is one that is difficult to wake you from
6. ) a sound punishment is severe
╾ sound|ness noun uncount
sound 4 [ saund ] adverb
sound asleep
sleeping very well

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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