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Meaning of sounding by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈsaʊndɪŋ/, SAMPA: /"saUndIN/
    • ( US ) enPR: soundʹĭng, IPA: /ˈsoʊndɪŋ/, SAMPA: /"soUndIN/
    • Rhymes: -aʊndɪŋ


    sounding ( plural: soundings )

    1. The action of the verb to sound
      The sounding of the bells woke me from sleep
    2. Testing with a probe
    3. A measured depth of water
      The sailor took a sounding every five minutes
    4. The act of inserting of a thin metal rod into the urethra of the penis for medical or sexual purposes


    sounding ( not comparable )

    1. Emitting a sound .
      The sounding bell woke me up .



    1. Present participle of sound .
      Little Mary was sounding very sleepy, so I tucked her in bed .


Explanation of sounding by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. making or having a sound as specified

    2. harsh-sounding
    3. having volume or deepness

    4. sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal
      the sounding cataract haunted me like a passion- Wordsworth
    5. appearing to be as specified

    6. fine-sounding phrases
      taken in by high-sounding talk
    1. the act of measuring depth of water ( usually with a sounding line )

    2. a measure of the depth of water taken with a sounding line

    Definition of sounding by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sound, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Sounding.] [F. sonder; cf. AS. sundgyrd a sounding rod, sundline a sounding line ( see Sound a narrow passage of water ).]
      1. To measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to ascertain the depth of by means of a line and plummet.

      2. Fig.: To ascertain, or try to ascertain, the thoughts, motives, and purposes of ( a person ); to examine; to try; to test; to probe.

      I was in jest,

      And by that offer meant to sound your breast. Dryden.

      I've sounded my Numidians man by man. Addison.

      3. ( Med. ) To explore, as the bladder or urethra, with a sound; to examine with a sound; also, to examine by auscultation or percussion; as, “to sound a patient”.

    2. Sounding, a. Making or emitting sound; hence, sonorous; as, “sounding words”. Dryden.

    3. Sounding, n.
      1. The act of one who, or that which, sounds ( in any of the senses of the several verbs ).

      2. ( Naut. ) [From Sound to fathom.] measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained. Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom; -- usually in the plural. The sand, shells, or the like, that are brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.

      Sounding lead, the plummet at the end of a sounding line. -- Sounding line, a line having a plummet at the end, used in making soundings. -- Sounding post ( Mus. ), a small post in a violin, violoncello, or similar instrument, set under the bridge as a support, for propagating the sounds to the body of the instrument; -- called also sound post. -- Sounding rod ( Naut. ), a rod used to ascertain the depth of water in a ship's hold. -- In soundings, within the eighty-fathom line. Ham. Nav. Encyc.