- 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 [uncountable] continuous rapid movements (calledvibrations) 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. 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. from television/radio
- 3 [uncountable] what you can hear coming from a television, radio, etc., or as part of a movie Could you turn the sound up/down? The sound quality of the tapes was excellent. of musicians
- 4[countable, uncountable] the effect that is produced by the music of a particular singer or group of musicians I like their sound. impression
- 5[singular] the sound of something the idea or impression that you get of someone or something from what someone 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? Idon't like the sound of that. water
- 6[countable] (often in place names) a narrow passage of water that joins two larger areas of water synonym strait Plymouth Sound Idioms
something you hear
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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.
like, etc. the sound of your own voice (disapproving)jump to other results