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English adjective: sound

1. sound financially secure and safe


SamplesSound investments.
A sound economy.


Similardependable, good, healthy, safe, secure, solid, stable


See alsofit, healthy, unbroken, undamaged, uninjured, wholesome


Antonymsunsound

2. sound exercising or showing good judgment


SamplesHealthy scepticism.
A healthy fear of rattlesnakes.
The healthy attitude of French laws.
Healthy relations between labor and management.
An intelligent solution.
A sound approach to the problem.
Sound advice.
No sound explanation for his decision.


Synonymshealthy, intelligent, level-headed, levelheaded


Similarreasonable, sensible


Antonymsunreasonable

3. sound in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay


SamplesA sound timber.
The wall is sound.
A sound foundation.


Similarsolid, strong, substantial


Antonymsunsound

4. sound in excellent physical condition


SamplesGood teeth.
I still have one good leg.
A sound mind in a sound body.


Synonymsgood


Similarhealthy


Antonymsunhealthy

5. sound logically valid


SamplesA sound argument.


Synonymsreasoned, well-grounded


Similarvalid


Antonymsinvalid

6. sound having legal efficacy or force


SamplesA sound title to the property.


Synonymseffectual, legal


Similarvalid


Antonymsinvalid

7. sound free from moral defect


SamplesA man of sound character.


Similarrighteous


Antonymsunrighteous

8. sound (of sleep) deep and complete


SamplesA heavy sleep.
Fell into a profound sleep.
A sound sleeper.
Deep wakeless sleep.


Synonymsheavy, profound, wakeless


Similardeep


Antonymsshallow

9. sound thorough


SamplesA sound thrashing.


Similarcomplete


Antonymsincomplete, uncomplete


English noun: sound

1. sound (attribute) the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause


SamplesThe sound of rain on the roof.
The beautiful sound of music.


Broader (hypernym)sound property


Narrower (hyponym)noisiness, racketiness, ring, unison, voice


Antonymssilence, quiet

2. sound (cognition) the subjective sensation of hearing something


SamplesHe strained to hear the faint sounds.


Synonymsauditory sensation


Broader (hypernym)aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression


Narrower (hyponym)dissonance, dub, euphony, music, music, noise, pure tone, racket, tone

3. sound (phenomenon) mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium


SamplesFalling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them.


Broader (hypernym)mechanical phenomenon


Narrower (hyponym)ultrasound

4. sound (event) the sudden occurrence of an audible event


SamplesThe sound awakened them.


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent


Narrower (hyponym)beat, beep, bell, birr, bleep, bombilation, bombination, bong, buzz, chink, chirp, chirrup, chorus, click, click-clack, clink, clip-clop, clippety-clop, clop, clopping, clump, clumping, clunk, clunking, cry, ding, drip, dripping, drum, drum roll, drumbeat, footfall, footstep, gargle, gurgle, jangle, jingle, knock, knocking, murmur, murmuration, murmuring, mussitation, mutter, muttering, noise, paradiddle, pat, patter, peal, pealing, ping, plunk, pop, popping, purr, quack, quaver, rap, rataplan, ring, ringing, roll, roll, rolling, rub-a-dub, sigh, skirl, song, step, strum, susurration, susurrus, swish, tap, tapping, throbbing, thrum, thud, thump, thumping, thunk, tick, ticking, ting, tinkle, tintinnabulation, toll, toot, tootle, trample, trampling, twang, twitter, vibrato, voice, vroom, whack, whir, whirr, whirring, whistle, whistling, whiz, zing, zizz

5. sound (communication) the audible part of a transmitted signal


SamplesThey always raise the audio for commercials.


Synonymsaudio


Broader (hypernym)auditory communication


Part meronymtelecasting, television, TV, video

6. sound (communication) (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language


Synonymsphone, speech sound


Broader (hypernym)language unit, linguistic unit


Narrower (hyponym)consonant, glide, orinasal, orinasal phone, phoneme, semivowel, sonant, voiced sound, vowel, vowel sound


Part meronymutterance, vocalization


Domain categoryphonetics

7. sound (object) a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water


Synonymsstrait


Broader (hypernym)channel


Narrower (hyponym)narrow


Instance hyponymBering Strait, Bosporus, Canakkale Bogazi, Cook Strait, Dardanelles, East River, Golden Gate, Hellespont, Kattegatt, Korea Strait, Korean Strait, Menai Strait, North Channel, Pas de Calais, Skagerak, Skagerrak, Solent, Strait of Calais, Strait of Dover, Strait of Georgia, Strait of Gibraltar, Strait of Hormuz, Strait of Magellan, Strait of Messina, Strait of Ormuz, Torres Strait

8. sound (object) a large ocean inlet or deep bay


SamplesThe main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast.


Broader (hypernym)body of water, water


Instance hyponymLong Island Sound, Puget Sound, Queen Charlotte Sound


English verb: sound

1. sound (perception) appear in a certain way


SamplesThis sounds interesting.


ExamplesJohn will sound angry


Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective


Broader (hypernym)appear, look, seem

2. sound (perception) make a certain noise or sound


SamplesShe went `Mmmmm'.
The gun went `bang'.


ExamplesThe woods sound with many kinds of birds


Synonymsgo


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective


Broader (hypernym)cause to be perceived


Narrower (hyponym)babble, bang, beat, beat, beep, birr, blare, bleep, blow, blow, bombilate, bombinate, boom, boom, boom out, bubble, burble, buzz, chatter, chime, chink, chug, clang, clangor, clangor, clangour, clank, claxon, click, click, clink, clop, clump, clunk, crack, crack, crash, din, drone, drum, echo, glug, grumble, guggle, guggle, gurgle, gurgle, honk, hum, knock, knock, lap, make noise, noise, patter, peal, ping, ping, pink, pink, pitter-patter, plunk, pop, purr, rap, rattle, resonate, resound, resound, reverberate, ring, ring, ripple, roll, rumble, rustle, sing, skirl, slosh, slush, snap, snarl, splash, splat, splosh, squelch, swish, swoosh, swosh, tap, thrum, thrum, thud, thump, tick, tick, ticktack, ticktock, ting, tink, tinkle, toot, trump, twang, tweet, twirp, vibrate, whir, whirr, whish, whistle, whistle, whiz, whizz

3. sound (perception) give off a certain sound or sounds


SamplesThis record sounds scratchy.


Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective


Narrower (hyponym)cackel, dissonate, pierce, play, speak

4. sound (perception) announce by means of a sound


SamplesSound the alarm.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)announce, denote

5. sound (communication) utter with vibrating vocal chords


Synonymsvocalise, vocalize, voice


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out


Narrower (hyponym)chirk, quaver, waver


Antonymsdevoice

6. sound (perception) cause to sound


SamplesSound the bell.
Sound a certain note.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)blow, clink, gong, knell, play, pop, prepare, ring, strum, thrum, ting, twang


Causego, sound

7. sound (change) measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line


Synonymsfathom


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)measure, quantify









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