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Definition of noise noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    noise

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    noun
    BrE BrE//nɔɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɔɪz//
     
    Computer problems
     
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a sound, especially when it is loud, unpleasant or disturbing a rattling noise What's that noise? Don't make a noise. They were making too much noise. I was woken by the noise of a car starting up. We had to shout above the noise of the traffic. to reduce noise levels Which Word?noise / sound Noise is usually loud and unpleasant. It can be countable or uncountable:Try not to make so much noise. What a terrible noise! Sound is a countable noun and means something that you hear:All she could hear was the sound of the waves. You do not use words like much or a lot of with sound.
  2. 2[uncountable] (specialist) extra electrical or electronic signals that are not part of the signal that is being broadcast or transmitted and which may damage it
  3. 3[uncountable] information that is not wanted and that can make it difficult for the important or useful information to be seen clearly There is some noise in the data which needs to be reduced. See related entries: Computer problems
  4. Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘quarrelling’): from Old French, from Latin nausea ‘seasickness’, from Greek nausia, from naus ‘ship’.Extra examples She was making a lot of noise. The deafening noise of the machine died away to a rumble. The slightest noise will wake him. There was constant background noise from the motorway. There were strange noises coming from the kitchen. We could hear funny little sucking noises. We had to shout over the noise of the traffic. Wood is used to deaden the noise. the noise created by aircraft the noise from the engine room Don’t make so much noise. The plan aims to reduce noise levels in the workplace. There was a rattling noise coming from the back of the car. What’s that noise?Idioms an important person
    make a noise (about something)
     
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    (informal) to complain loudly
      make noises (about something) (informal)
       
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    1. 1to talk in an indirect way about something that you think you might do The company has been making noises about closing several factories.
    2. 2to complain about something
    make soothing, encouraging, reassuring, etc. noises
     
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    to make remarks of the kind mentioned, even when that is not what you really think He made all the right noises at the meeting yesterday (= said what people wanted to hear).
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