sound

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noun
1 sth you hear
ADJECTIVE
big, deafening, loud, powerful

We need a big powerful sound from the trumpets in the final passage.

audible
faint, little, soft
high, high-pitched
deep, low
clean, clear, sharp

He produces a good clean sound on his flute.

piercing
muffled
amazing, beautiful, good, lovely, pleasing, sweet

His film opens with the sweet sound of birdsong.

awful, horrible, sickening

There was a sickening sound as his head made contact with the concrete.

familiar
different, strange

We experimented with different sounds.

distinctive
haunting
beeping, booming, buzzing, clanking, clicking, etc.
metallic
electronic
hollow
distorted
distant

the distant sound of church bells

musical
guitar, piano, etc.

She tried to describe what made a good guitar sound.

speech, vowel
natural

the mixing of recorded and natural sound

ambient

There's a lot of ambient sound in this film.

VERB + SOUND
hear, listen for, listen to

He listened for sounds of movement.

emit, make, produce, pronounce, transmit, utter

What's making that awful creaking sound?

Three bones transmit sounds to the inner ear.

He didn't utter a single sound throughout the meeting.

use

She uses all the sounds available to a 21st-century composer.

be filled with

The room was filled with the sound of laughter.

awake to, be woken by, wake to, wake up to

I awoke to the sound of rain.

be interrupted by
jump at

He jumped at the sound of my voice.

SOUND + VERB
carry, travel

Sound carries well over calm water.

come

A strange sound came from the box.

My mouth moved but no sound came out.

echo, fill, ring out

A hollow sound echoed through the room.

die away, fade, fade away
grow louder
SOUND + NOUN
wave
effect
bite

As a politician he is a master of the 30-second sound bite.

PREPOSITION
at the sound of

He turned around at the sound of footsteps behind him.

without a sound

The door opened without a sound.

sound of

the sound of breaking glass

sound from

There was a strange sound from downstairs.

PHRASES
break the sound barrier
the speed of sound
2 the sound from TV, radio, etc.
ADJECTIVE
mono, stereo, surround
recorded
great

a game with good graphics and great sound

VERB + SOUND
turn down, turn off, turn up

Can you turn the sound up?

get
SOUND + NOUN
level, quality
system

a stereo sound system

recording
engineer
card
3 of musicians
ADJECTIVE
live

The band developed a formidable live sound.

different, new, unique
beautiful, great

Franz Ferdinand have a great sound that's their own.

signature

the band's signature sound

VERB + SOUND
create, develop

The Moog synthesizer created a whole new sound.

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NOTE: Sounds
give a … 

The dog gave a low growl.

let out a … 

He let out a blood-curdling scream.

hear … 

We heard the peal of church bells.

with a … 

The vase fell to the ground with a great crash.

 … of

a roar of laughter

a snort of derision

the whine of an engine

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verb
Sound is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑alarm, ↑bell, ↑buzzer, ↑doorbell, ↑explosion, ↑fire alarm, ↑footstep, ↑horn, ↑instrument, ↑intercom, ↑music, ↑name, ↑recording, ↑singer, ↑siren, ↑song, ↑thunder, ↑tone, ↑trumpet, ↑warning, ↑whistle
Sound is used with these nouns as the object: ↑alarm, ↑alert, ↑bell, ↑call, ↑cool, ↑fanfare, ↑fun, ↑horn, ↑note, ↑retreat, ↑siren, ↑trumpet, ↑warning, ↑whistle
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adj.
1 in good condition
VERBS
be, look, seem
ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
reasonably

The roof is in reasonably sound condition.

structurally

Is the building structurally sound?

PHRASES
safe and sound (= not hurt)

We finally arrived home safe and sound.

2 sensible
VERBS
be, seem
ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.

That seems like fairly sound advice.

perfectly

She had a perfectly sound reason for acting as she did.

basically, fundamentally
ecologically, environmentally, financially, ideologically, scientifically, technically, theoretically

It was a financially sound investment.

Sound is used with these nouns: ↑advice, ↑archive, ↑argument, ↑barrier, ↑base, ↑basis, ↑capability, ↑card, ↑check, ↑clip, ↑common sense, ↑economy, ↑effect, ↑engineer, ↑file, ↑finance, ↑footing, ↑foundation, ↑fundamentals, ↑investment, ↑judgement, ↑knowledge, ↑management, ↑mix, ↑pattern, ↑plan, ↑practice, ↑quality, ↑reason, ↑reasoning, ↑recording, ↑reflection, ↑reproduction, ↑science, ↑sculpture, ↑signal, ↑sleep, ↑start, ↑strategy, ↑studio, ↑system, ↑tape, ↑technician, ↑thrashing, ↑vibration, ↑wave
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adv.
Sound is used with these adjectives: ↑asleep

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  • sound — sound1 [sound] n. [< ME soun (+ unhistoric d) < OFr son < L sonus < IE * swonos, a sound, noise < base * swen , to sound > OE swinsian, to sing, make music] 1. a) vibrations in air, water, etc. that stimulate the auditory nerves …   English World dictionary

  • Sound — Sound, a. [Compar. {Sounder}; superl. {Soundest}.] [OE. sound, AS. sund; akin to D. gezond, G. gesund, OHG. gisunt, Dan. & Sw. sund, and perhaps to L. sanus. Cf. {Sane}.] 1. Whole; unbroken; unharmed; free from flaw, defect, or decay; perfect of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sound — Sound, n. [OE. soun, OF. son, sun, F. son, fr. L. sonus akin to Skr. svana sound, svan to sound, and perh. to E. swan. Cf. {Assonant}, {Consonant}, {Person}, {Sonata}, {Sonnet}, {Sonorous}, {Swan}.] 1. The peceived object occasioned by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sound — 1 adj 1 a: free from injury or disease: exhibiting normal health b: free from flaw, defect, or decay a sound design 2 a: free from error, fallacy, or misapprehension based on sound judicial reasoning b: legally valid …   Law dictionary

  • Sound — Sound, v. t. 1. To cause to make a noise; to play on; as, to sound a trumpet or a horn; to sound an alarm. [1913 Webster] A bagpipe well could he play and soun[d]. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to exit as a sound; as, to sound a note with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sound — Sound, v. i. [OE. sounen, sownen, OF. soner, suner, F. sonner, from L. sonare. See {Sound} a noise.] 1. To make a noise; to utter a voice; to make an impulse of the air that shall strike the organs of hearing with a perceptible effect. And first… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sound# — sound adj 1 *healthy, wholesome, robust, hale, well Analogous words: *vigorous, lusty, nervous, energetic, strenuous: *strong, sturdy, stalwart, stout: intact, whole, entire, *perfect 2 *valid, cogent, convincing, compelling, telling …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sound — Ⅰ. sound [1] ► NOUN 1) vibrations which travel through the air or another medium and are sensed by the ear. 2) a thing that can be heard. 3) music, speech, and sound effects accompanying a film or broadcast. 4) an idea or impression conveyed by… …   English terms dictionary

  • Sound of… — ist der Name einer alljährlichen Prognose des britischen Senders BBC, welche neuen Musiker im folgenden Jahr den Durchbruch schaffen werden. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Hintergrund 2 Bisherige Prognosen 2.1 Top 10 von 2003 bis 2009 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Sound-G — Album par Brown Eyed Girls Sortie 21 juillet 2009 Durée 43:39 (CD1) 32:58 (CD2) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sound — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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