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



    BrE BrE//saʊnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//saʊnd//
    Producing TV shows, Making films
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    something you hear
  1. 1  [countable] something that you can hear synonym noise a high/low sound a clicking/buzzing/scratching, etc. sound the different sounds and smells of the forest She heard the sound of footsteps outside. He crept into the house trying not to make a sound.
  2. 2  [uncountable] continuous rapid movements (called vibrations ) that travel through air or water and can be heard when they reach a person’s or an animal’s ear Sound travels more slowly than light.
  3. from television/radio
  4. 3  [uncountable] what you can hear coming from a television, radio, etc., or as part of a film/movie Could you turn the sound up/down? The sound quality of the tapes was excellent. See related entries: Producing TV shows, Making films
  5. of musicians
  6. 4[countable, uncountable] the effect that is produced by the music of a particular singer or group of musicians I like their sound.
  7. impression
  8. 5[singular] the sound of something the idea or impression that you get of somebody/something from what somebody says or what you read They had a wonderful time by the sound of it. From the sound of things you were lucky to find him. They're consulting a lawyer? I don't like the sound of that.
  9. water
  10. 6[countable] (often in place names) a narrow passage of water that joins two larger areas of water synonym strait Plymouth Sound
  11. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 5 Middle English soun, from Anglo-Norman French soun (noun), suner (verb), from Latin sonus. The form with -d was established in the 16th cent. noun sense 6 Middle English: from Old Norse sund ‘swimming, strait’; related to swim. 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.Extra examples A hollow sound echoed through the room. A strange sound came from the box. As a politician he is a master of the 30-second sound bite. Can you turn the sound up? Franz Ferdinand have a great sound that’s their own. He didn’t utter a single sound throughout the meeting. He jumped at the sound of my voice. He listened for sounds of movement. He produces a good clean sound on his flute. He turned around at the sound of footsteps behind him. His film opens with the sweet sound of birdsong. I awoke to the sound of rain. My mouth moved but no sound came out. She tried to describe what made a good guitar sound. She uses all the sounds available to a 21st-century composer. Sound carries well over calm water. The Moog synthesizer created a whole new sound. The band developed a formidable live sound. The door opened without a sound. The room was filled with the sound of laughter. There was a sickening sound as his head made contact with the concrete. There was a strange sound from downstairs. There’s a lot of ambient sound in this film. Three bones transmit sounds to the inner ear. We experimented with different sounds. We need a big powerful sound from the trumpets in the final passage. What’s making that awful creaking sound? a game with good graphics and great sound a stereo sound system the band’s signature sound the distant sound of church bells the mixing of recorded and natural sound the sound of breaking glass A scratching sound came from the front door. Could you turn the sound down? He crept into the house trying not to make a sound. He has a sound unlike any other guitarist. I sat listening to the soft sound of rustling leaves. I still recall vividly the sights, sounds and smells of our day at the seaside. Most of their songs have the sound of the sixties about them. Sound travels at about 340 metres per second. To be a sound engineer you should be interested in electronics, music and sound equipment.Idioms
    like, etc. the sound of your own voice
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    (disapproving) to like talking a lot or too much, usually without wanting to listen to other people She’s much too fond of the sound of her own voice.
    within (the) sound of something
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    (British English) near enough to be able to hear something a house within sound of the sea
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sound