from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sound or a sound that is loud, unpleasant, unexpected, or undesired.
- n. Sound or a sound of any kind: The only noise was the wind in the pines.
- n. A loud outcry or commotion: the noise of the mob; a lot of noise over the new law.
- n. Physics A disturbance, especially a random and persistent disturbance, that obscures or reduces the clarity of a signal.
- n. Computer Science Irrelevant or meaningless data.
- n. Informal A complaint or protest.
- n. Informal Rumor; talk.
- n. Informal Remarks or actions intended to convey a specific impression or to attract attention: "The U.S. is making appropriately friendly noises to the new Socialist Government” ( Flora Lewis).
- transitive v. To spread the rumor or report of.
- intransitive v. To talk much or volubly.
- intransitive v. To be noisy; make noise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Various sounds, usually unwanted.
- n. Sound or signal generated by random fluctuations
- n. Unwanted part of a signal. (Signal to noise ratio)
- n. The measured level of variation in gene expression among cells, regardless of source, within a supposedly identical population
- n. rumour or complaint
- v. To make noise.
- v. To spread news of; to spread as rumor or gossip.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sound of any kind.
- n. Especially, loud, confused, or senseless sound; clamor; din.
- n. Loud or continuous talk; general talk or discussion; rumor; report.
- n. Music, in general; a concert; also, a company of musicians; a band.
- intransitive v. To sound; to make a noise.
- transitive v. To spread by rumor or report.
- transitive v. To disturb with noise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sound of any kind and proceeding from any source; especially, an annoying or disagreeable sound, or a mixture of confused sounds; a din: as, the noise of falling water; the noise of battle.
- n. Outcry; clamor; loud, importunate, or continued talk: as, to make a great noise about trifles.
- n. Frequent talk; much public conversation or discussion; stir.
- n. Report; rumor.
- n. A set or company of musicians; a band.
- n. Offense; offensive savor.
- n. Synonyms Tone, etc. (see sound, n., 2 and 3); din, clatter, blare, hubbub, racket, uproar.
- To sound.
- To spread by rumor or report; report: often with abroad.
- To report of; spread rumors concerning; accuse publicly.
- To disturb with noise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience
- n. sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
- n. the quality of lacking any predictable order or plan
- n. a loud outcry of protest or complaint
- n. incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks
- v. emit a noise
- n. electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
Middle English, from Old French, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *nausea, discomfort, from Latin nausea, seasickness; see nausea.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French noise ("a dispute, wrangle, strife, noise"); origin uncertain; according to some, from Latin nausea ("disgust, nausea"); according to others, from Latin noxia ("hurt, harm, damage, injury"); but neither explanation is satisfactory in regard to either form or sense. (Wiktionary)