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English Dictionary: Sound by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
sound
adj
  1. financially secure and safe; "sound investments"; "a sound economy"
    Antonym(s): unsound
  2. exercising or showing good judgment; "healthy 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"
    Synonym(s): healthy, intelligent, levelheaded, level-headed, sound
  3. in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay; "a sound timber"; "the wall is sound"; "a sound foundation"
    Antonym(s): unsound
  4. in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body"
    Synonym(s): good, sound
  5. logically valid; "a sound argument"
    Synonym(s): reasoned, sound, well-grounded
  6. having legal efficacy or force; "a sound title to the property"
    Synonym(s): legal, sound, effectual
  7. free from moral defect; "a man of sound character"
  8. (of sleep) deep and complete; "a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep"
    Synonym(s): heavy, profound, sound, wakeless
  9. thorough; "a sound thrashing"
n
  1. the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause; "the sound of rain on the roof"; "the beautiful sound of music"
    Antonym(s): quiet, silence
  2. the subjective sensation of hearing something; "he strained to hear the faint sounds"
    Synonym(s): sound, auditory sensation
  3. mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium; "falling trees make a sound in the forest even when no one is there to hear them"
  4. the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
  5. the audible part of a transmitted signal; "they always raise the audio for commercials"
    Synonym(s): audio, sound
  6. (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
    Synonym(s): phone, speech sound, sound
  7. a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
    Synonym(s): strait, sound
  8. a large ocean inlet or deep bay; "the main body of the sound ran parallel to the coast"
v
  1. appear in a certain way; "This sounds interesting"
  2. make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
    Synonym(s): sound, go
  3. give off a certain sound or sounds; "This record sounds scratchy"
  4. announce by means of a sound; "sound the alarm"
  5. utter with vibrating vocal chords
    Synonym(s): voice, sound, vocalize, vocalise
    Antonym(s): devoice
  6. cause to sound; "sound the bell"; "sound a certain note"
  7. measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
    Synonym(s): fathom, sound
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, n. [AS. sund a swimming, akin to E. swim. See
      {Swim}.]
      The air bladder of a fish; as, cod sounds are an esteemed
      article of food.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, n. (Zo[94]l.)
      A cuttlefish. [Obs.] --Ainsworth.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, a. [Compar. {Sounder}; superl. {Soundest}.] [OE.
      sound, AS. sund; akin to D. gezond, G. gesund, OHG. gisunt,
      Dan. & Sw. sund, and perhaps to L. sanus. Cf. {Sane}.]
      1. Whole; unbroken; unharmed; free from flaw, defect, or
            decay; perfect of the kind; as, sound timber; sound fruit;
            a sound tooth; a sound ship.
  
      2. Healthy; not diseased; not being in a morbid state; --
            said of body or mind; as, a sound body; a sound
            constitution; a sound understanding.
  
      3. Firm; strong; safe.
  
                     The brasswork here, how rich it is in beams, And
                     how, besides, it makes the whole house sound.
                                                                              --Chapman.
  
      4. Free from error; correct; right; honest; true; faithful;
            orthodox; -- said of persons; as, a sound lawyer; a sound
            thinker.
  
                     Do not I know you a favorer Of this new seat? Ye are
                     nor sound.                                          --Shak.
  
      5. Founded in truth or right; supported by justice; not to be
            overthrown on refuted; not fallacious; as, sound argument
            or reasoning; a sound objection; sound doctrine; sound
            principles.
  
                     Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast
                     heard of me.                                       --2 Tim. i.
                                                                              13.
  
      6. heavy; laid on with force; as, a sound beating.
  
      7. Undisturbed; deep; profound; as, sound sleep.
  
      8. Founded in law; legal; valid; not defective; as, a sound
            title to land.
  
      Note: Sound is sometimes used in the formation of
               self-explaining compounds; as, sound-headed,
               sound-hearted, sound-timbered, etc.
  
      {Sound currency} (Com.), a currency whose actual value is the
            same as its nominal value; a currency which does not
            deteriorate or depreciate or fluctuate in comparision with
            the standard of values.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, n. [F. sonde. See {Sound} to fathom.] (Med.)
      Any elongated instrument or probe, usually metallic, by which
      cavities of the body are sounded or explored, especially the
      bladder for stone, or the urethra for a stricture.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, n. [OE. soun, OF. son, sun, F. son, fr. L. sonus
      akin to Skr. svana sound, svan to sound, and perh. to E.
      swan. Cf. {Assonant}, {Consonant}, {Person}, {Sonata},
      {Sonnet}, {Sonorous}, {Swan}.]
      1. The peceived object occasioned by the impulse or vibration
            of a material substance affecting the ear; a sensation or
            perception of the mind received through the ear, and
            produced by the impulse or vibration of the air or other
            medium with which the ear is in contact; the effect of an
            impression made on the organs of hearing by an impulse or
            vibration of the air caused by a collision of bodies, or
            by other means; noise; report; as, the sound of a drum;
            the sound of the human voice; a horrid sound; a charming
            sound; a sharp, high, or shrill sound.
  
                     The warlike sound Of trumpets loud and clarions.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
      2. The occasion of sound; the impulse or vibration which
            would occasion sound to a percipient if present with
            unimpaired; hence, the theory of vibrations in elastic
            media such cause sound; as, a treatise on sound.
  
      Note: In this sense, sounds are spoken of as audible and
               inaudible.
  
      3. Noise without signification; empty noise; noise and
            nothing else.
  
                     Sense and not sound . . . must be the principle.
                                                                              --Locke.
  
      {Sound boarding}, boards for holding pugging, placed in
            partitions of under floors in order to deaden sounds.
  
      {Sound bow}, in a series of transverse sections of a bell,
            that segment against which the clapper strikes, being the
            part which is most efficacious in producing the sound. See
            Illust. of {Bell}.
  
      {Sound post}. (Mus.) See {Sounding post}, under {Sounding}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, n. [AS. sund a narrow sea or strait; akin to
      Icel., Sw., Dan. & G. sund, probably so named because it
      could be swum across. See {Swim}.] (Geog.)
      A narrow passage of water, or a strait between the mainland
      and an island; also, a strait connecting two seas, or
      connecting a sea or lake with the ocean; as, the Sound
      between the Baltic and the german Ocean; Long Island Sound.
  
               The Sound of Denmark, where ships pay toll. --Camden.
  
      {Sound dues}, tolls formerly imposed by Denmark on vessels
            passing through the Baltic Sound.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sounded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Sounding}.] [F. sonder; cf. AS. sundgyrd a sounding rod,
      sundline a sounding line (see {Sound} a narrow passage of
      water).]
      1. To measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to
            ascertain the depth of by means of a line and plummet.
  
      2. Fig.: To ascertain, or try to ascertain, the thoughts,
            motives, and purposes of (a person); to examine; to try;
            to test; to probe.
  
                     I was in jest, And by that offer meant to sound your
                     breast.                                             --Dryden.
  
                     I've sounded my Numidians man by man. --Addison.
  
      3. (Med.) To explore, as the bladder or urethra, with a
            sound; to examine with a sound; also, to examine by
            auscultation or percussion; as, to sound a patient.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, v. i.
      To ascertain the depth of water with a sounding line or other
      device.
  
               I sound as a shipman soundeth in the sea with his
               plummet to know the depth of sea.            --Palsgrave.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, adv.
      Soundly.
  
               So sound he slept that naught might him awake.
                                                                              --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, v. t.
      1. To causse to make a noise; to play on; as, to sound a
            trumpet or a horn.
  
                     A bagpipe well could he play and soun[d]. --Chaucer.
  
      2. To cause to exit as a sound; as, to sound a note with the
            voice, or on an instrument.
  
      3. To order, direct, indicate, or proclain by a sound, or
            sounds; to give a signal for by a certain sound; as, to
            sound a retreat; to sound a parley.
  
                     The clock sounded the hour of noon.   --G. H. Lewes.
  
      4. To celebrate or honor by sounds; to cause to be reported;
            to publish or proclaim; as, to sound the praises of fame
            of a great man or a great exploit.
  
      5. To examine the condition of (anything) by causing the same
            to emit sounds and noting their character; as, to sound a
            piece of timber; to sound a vase; to sound the lungs of a
            patient.
  
      6. To signify; to import; to denote. [Obs.] --Milton.
  
                     Soun[d]ing alway the increase of his winning.
                                                                              --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sound \Sound\, v. i. [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F.
      sonner, from L. sonare. See {Sound} a noise.]
      1. To make a noise; to utter a voice; to make an impulse of
            the air that shall strike the organs of hearing with a
            perceptible effect. [bd]And first taught speaking trumpets
            how to sound.[b8] --Dryden.
  
                     How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues! --Shak.
  
      2. To be conveyed in sound; to be spread or published; to
            convey intelligence by sound.
  
                     From you sounded out the word of the Lord. --1
                                                                              Thess. i. 8.
  
      3. To make or convey a certain impression, or to have a
            certain import, when heard; hence, to seem; to appear; as,
            this reproof sounds harsh; the story sounds like an
            invention.
  
                     Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear Things
                     that do sound so fair?                        --Shak.
  
      {To sound in} [or] {into}, to tend to; to partake of the
            nature of; to be consonant with. [Obs., except in the
            phrase To sound in damages, below.]
  
                     Soun[d]ing in moral virtue was his speech.
                                                                              --Chaucer.
  
      {To sound in damages} (Law), to have the essential quality of
            damages. This is said of an action brought, not for the
            recovery of a specific thing, as replevin, etc., but for
            damages only, as trespass, and the like.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   sound
  
      1. {audio}.
  
      2. An {inference system} A is sound with respect to
      another system B if A can only reach conclusions which are
      true in B.   A {type inference} system is considered sound with
      respect to a {semantics} if the type inferred for an
      expression is the same as the type inferred for the meaning of
      that expression under the semantics.
  
      The dual to soundness is {complete}ness.
  
      (1995-03-01)
  
  
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