[saʊnd] noun I
1) [C] something that you can hear
Laura didn't make a sound as she left the room.[/ex]
the sound of voices/laughter/footsteps[/ex]
2) [U] the loudness of a radio, television etc
Turn the sound up a bit – I can't hear.[/ex]
by the sound of it — used for saying that you are basing your ideas on what you have heard or read[/ex]
He's pretty ill by the sound of it.[/ex]
like the sound of sth — to be pleased by something that you have heard or read[/ex]
A holiday in Greece? I like the sound of that![/ex]
Types of soundbang a sound like an explosion ■ clank a sound like two heavy pieces of metal knocking together ■ crash a sound like a large object falling to the ground and breaking ■ creak a sound like the sound that is made by an old door when you push it open slowly ■ rattle a sound like a loose object hitting another object several times ■ squeak a sound like the noise that a mouse makes ■ thud a sound like something heavy falling to the ground II
sound */*/*/[saʊnd]
1) [linking verb] to seem good, bad, interesting, exciting etc based on what you have heard, read, or know
It sounds as if he's never home.[/ex]
You make it sound as though he is the most boring man in the world.[/ex]
Malta sounds like a great place for a relaxing holiday.[/ex]
2) [linking verb] to show a particular emotion or quality in your voice
He sounded a bit annoyed.[/ex]
It sounds as if you're getting a cold.[/ex]
3) [I/T] to produce a sound, or to make something produce a sound
The sirens sounded, warning of a tornado.[/ex]
Trains are required to sound their whistles as they approach a crossing.[/ex]
4) [T] to express a particular attitude or opinion
Officials sounded a hopeful note about building the new school.[/ex]
The aim of the scheme is to sound a warning to teenagers about the dangers of smoking.[/ex]
sounds good/great etcspoken used for telling someone that their idea or suggestion seems like a good one[/ex]
'How about dinner and a film tonight?' 'Sounds great.'[/ex]
- sound sb out
sound [saʊnd]
1) involving the use of good judgment, and therefore likely to be effective or reliable
Administrators should make sure the programmes are legally sound.[/ex]
He will be able to offer you sound advice and guidance.[/ex]
2) thorough
a sound understanding of basic teaching skills[/ex]
3) healthy
a sound heart[/ex]
4) safe, or in good condition
Investigators found the plane to be structurally sound.[/ex]
5) a sound sleep is one that it is difficult to wake you from
Words often used with sound Nouns often used with sound (adj, sense 1) ■ SOUND + advice, approach, decision, judgment, principle used about ways of thinking or behaving that are sensible and likely to be effective IV adv sound [saʊnd] sound asleep — sleeping very well[/ex]

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  • sound — sound1 [sound] n. [< ME soun (+ unhistoric d) < OFr son < L sonus < IE * swonos, a sound, noise < base * swen , to sound > OE swinsian, to sing, make music] 1. a) vibrations in air, water, etc. that stimulate the auditory nerves …   English World dictionary

  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • sound — 1 adj 1 a: free from injury or disease: exhibiting normal health b: free from flaw, defect, or decay a sound design 2 a: free from error, fallacy, or misapprehension based on sound judicial reasoning b: legally valid …   Law dictionary

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