from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sounding-machine.
  • noun That which sounds; specifically, in telegraphy, a receiving instrument in the use of which the message is read by the sound produced by the armature of the electromagnet in playing back and forth between its stops.
  • noun A herd of wild swine.
  • noun A young wild boar: an erroneous use.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which; sounds; specifically, an instrument used in telegraphy in place of a register, the communications being read by sound.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A herd of wild hogs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective comparative form of sound: more sound
  • noun Something, or someone who makes a sound.
  • noun nautical A device for making soundings at sea.
  • noun The collective noun for a group of wild boar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a device for making soundings


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French sondre, of Germanic origin.



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