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

  • n. The act of one that sounds.
  • n. A probe of the environment for scientific observation.
  • n. A measured depth of water.
  • n. Water shallow enough for depth measurements to be taken by a hand line. Often used in the plural.
  • adj. Emitting a full sound; resonant.
  • adj. Noisy but with little significance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of the verb to sound.
  • n. Testing with a probe or sonde.
  • n. A measured depth of water.
  • n. The act of inserting of a thin metal rod into the urethra of the penis for medical or sexual purposes
  • n. Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom.
  • n. The sand, shells, etc. brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.
  • adj. Emitting a sound.
  • v. Present participle of sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making or emitting sound; hence, sonorous.
  • n. The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the senses of the several verbs).
  • n.
  • n. measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained.
  • n. Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom; -- usually in the plural.
  • n. The sand, shells, or the like, that are brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing or producing sound; sonorous; resounding; making a noise.
  • Having a magnificent or lofty sound; hence, bombastic: as, mere sounding phrases.
  • n. The act or process of measuring the depth of anything; exploration, as with a plummet and line, or a sound.
  • n. The descent of a whale or of a fish to the bottom after being harpooned or hooked.
  • n. plural The depth of water in rivers, harbors, along shores, and even in the open seas, which is ascertained in the operation of sounding.
  • n. In comparatively shoal water: said of a whale in the Arctic Ocean. Bering Sea, Sea of Okhotsk, or in bays, lagoons, etc., whose depths may be readily fathomed.
  • n. The act of producing a sound or a noise; also, a sound or a noise produced; specifically, in music, compare sounds, intransitive verb, 2.
  • n. In astronomy, the investigation of the probable distance of the boundaries of the stellar universe by enumerating the number of stars visible in different regions in the field of a given telescope or on a photographic plate.

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

  • n. the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding line)
  • adj. appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms
  • adj. making or having a sound as specified; used as a combining form
  • n. a measure of the depth of water taken with a sounding line
  • adj. having volume or deepness


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