- Since light travels faster than sound, the thunder is heard after the lightning.
- Bullets travel faster than sound, so I'll never hear the one that gets me, I reassured myself.
- Its Japanese designers believe their plane can travel at twice the speed of sound while reducing supersonic boom to a low rumble.
- I let out a hideous animal sound as I sank to my knees to finish off this beast.
- The sound reached a crescendo, then trailed off to the south in a quickly fading Doppler echo.
- This sound reached to the edge of the forest and was like a great clamor of metals striking together.
- The glamour of each of these plays has to do with what in them is aristocratic, removed, a high pastime played out within sound of the sea.
- I did though, manage to find ices made with local fruit, ate fish and chips within sound of the sea and got to swallow down an oyster or two.
- Indeed, you can find some marvellous fishing within sight and sound of Copenhagen airport itself.
- The sound produced by drums is short; thus, any continuous sound can be produced only by rapid repetition.
- The speaker converts musical sound into vibrations that can be felt.
- The sound is more resonant than I would like it to be, but this is not really a big problem.
- The film was shot without sound, and recorded interviews were added to accompany images of the women at work.
- She did all the scriptwriting, filming, sound, lighting, direction herself.
- Much like the video presentations, these sound mixes are all in good working order.
- The accent at the BBC at the time was very much toward sound rather than television.
- Vision was transmitted on 261.3 metres and sound on 398.9 metres, medium wave.
- The fidelity of sound equipment subsequently improved considerably, but the receivers did not.
- The distinctive Jamaican sound of reggae provides a template for various diasporic musics in the Caribbean.
- Their music has a very distinctive and fresh sound, hardcore but very melodic and experimental.
- Their music, while possessing an undeniably indie guitar sound, is just as quirky as the band seems to be.
- My biggest beef with electric guitar sounds of the rock persuasion is the lack of dynamics.
- Patrons will also be able to enjoy the soothing sounds of jazz, reggae and traditional African music.
- When it comes to the traditional sounds of country music, Johnny Loughrey continues to set the pace.
- Mr Ali has lost a son who, by the sound of it, was going to contribute to the fabric of society, a peace-loving young man who loved his family.
- The recording process for Miles is an easy-going, relaxed one by the sound of it.
- Some of the children were naturally very frightened and the teacher by the sound of it did an amazing job.
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- In my mind I am praying, praying for the next buzzer to sound so I can escape the woman's bitter stare.
- The dhol is a north Indian drum made from goatskin, and anybody who has stood next to one will testify to how loud it sounds when played.
- Just as Jon reached for the handle, the buzzer behind them sounded.
- If the area is so dangerous that it needs such drastic measures to slow down traffic then it seems wholly appropriate that drivers help the locals by sounding a warning sign of their presence.
- Should that not have sounded the warning bells?
- One email sounded a warning note.
- However, Mr Barry sounded a warning note about risks to water everywhere as the silage-cutting season moves into top gear.
- England and Wales are at the heart of this drive so let's sound a word of warning for them.
- City Councilman Frank Rizzo sounds a more nostalgic note on the way to suggesting his own candidacy.
- Sound the phrase Di di di di di, pulling the ee out freely.
- The student should sound out the long /e/ sound.
- Thus we are trying to get him to sound out refrigerator letters, the same way one would train children on phonics.
- Yes, the vet sounded her chest, which was clear, and she is eating normally.
- She saw several doctors who sounded her chest and asked if any of her relatives had died of consumption.
- I have to say, it made me feel better to hear how worried he sounded.
- I like that he always sounds happy to hear from me, even for a short call about nothing.
- But after a while it sounded familiar; I heard things in the score I'd heard elsewhere.
- The woman on the airport intercom sounds lovely and understanding.
- The poets all read in their native language, so we didn't understand anything they were saying, though it still sounded lovely.
- You can track your book's progress around the world, and it all sounds very lovely and whimsical.
Middle English soun, from Anglo-Norman French soun (noun), suner (verb), from Latin sonus. The form with -d was established in the 16th century.
- Express one’s opinions in a loud or forceful manner: Pietro started sounding off to the pressMore example sentences
- At the same time she can generally shake off any criticism levelled at her for occasionally speaking out loud or just plain sounding off.
- Our very opinionated panel sounds off on the day's major stories.
- Our panel sounds off on the political news of the week.
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- These smooth, almost soundless vehicles provide access in the inner city as well as the upmarket inner suburbs to the west of city centre.
- Its environs consisted of silent plains and soundless forests.
- Each note, barely rising up at the lower limits of hearing, is a tickle on the surface of the soundless calm that overlays the track.
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- He was alive and his mouth was working soundlessly.
- We stress different muscles now, on the edge of control, but gliding easily, soundlessly forward.
- Their battles take place soundlessly in the sky above, while ordinary New Yorkers watch and wait and worry.
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- The theme of the night is to ‘be mysterious to the point of soundlessness.’
- Even the silverware and glasses were picked for their soundlessness.
- Trees shifted with hypnotic sway, ushered by winds unfelt by the dead, generating the haunting soundlessness of a forest in motion.
- The true, strong and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small.
- Mr Welch said that the pumps appeared to be in sound condition.
- Packaging is needed to ensure that a product is delivered to customers in a sound condition.
- Thus structured fiscal reforms are needed to put public finance back on a sound footing.
- It is hoped that the sponsored event will put the award scheme on a sound financial footing and help in a bid to secure official charitable status.
- While the men agree that a carbon tax would be one financially sound way to fight global warming, they disagree about how high the tax should be.
- He's a sound bloke, solid, reliable and in short a diamond geezer.
- It's really sound, too good to be true!
- Her advice was freely given and was always based on common sense and sound reasoning.
- He had taken the car for the very sound, very logical reason that he wanted it.
- Our simple submission is the majority in the Court of Appeal got it right for cogent and sound reasons.
- The men in suits praise him for his sound knowledge of the game and his eye for talent; all the while overlooking his shortcomings.
- But what a hard lesson for the young Newbridge man who had played a very sound game up to this point.
- The works are sound and competent, physically big and large in their sense of the personal too.
- Then I could so easily close my eyes to all that is happening around me and my family, roll over and fall into a deep sound sleep.
- Anyway, I woke out of a sound sleep on Sunday morning with an extremely vivid dream.
- The effects are there for all to see: improved skin texture, vitality and sound sleep at night.
- I knew it was loud and sounded awful, but at least my family members were sound sleepers.
- She forgot that he was such a sound sleeper and there was no way that a knock would wake him up.
- So if we take a look at the brain of an insomniac do we find anything different from the brain of a sound sleeper?
- A man finds out his son is using heroin and decides to go punish the dealer with a sound beating.
- Scotland, for instance, gave them a sound beating in the autumn when they came up here.
- The Pistons clearly are a shaken team unaccustomed to taking two sound beatings in a series.
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- This evening I settled down happy as can be, turned on the TV, and within moments was sound asleep.
- The very first night I was sound asleep and I woke to the sound of my dad laughing.
- Every person in the village was sound asleep.
Middle English: from Old English gesund, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch gezond and German gesund.
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- She assumed that since the house was so nicely appointed, it was also soundly built.
- I don't know why but I sleep very soundly in Vietnam despite the cacophony of street hawkers and scooter horns.
- But officials said people should sleep soundly in their beds because there was no immediate risk.
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- Its remit should be broad and cover not only the soundness of the intelligence possessed, but also the morality behind the actual decision to wage war based on that intelligence.
- Still, there remains the strong but erroneous marketplace perception as to the soundness of the U.S. financial system.
- Perceptions as to the soundness of money and the general system are significantly lagging real developments.
- Then he bangs four more times, as if sounding the echoey depths of a hidden chamber.
- The first ship to sound at a greater depth than 5,000 fathoms was the British surveying vessel Penguin in 1895.
- Attempts to sound depth acoustically instead focused on determining the exact distance of a sound source by measuring the time taken for a sound generated aboard a ship to travel to the sea bottom and back.
- He'd been talking to Jen and said she'd been sounding him out about my feelings for her.
- The director had sounded me out about the project about a year before the film had got its backing.
- He was sounded out about taking on the captaincy of Yorkshire as well as Middlesex and the MCC but by then he had settled in Australia.
- We held a public debate about it - to sound out the opinions and mood of the audience.
- Some of the likely candidates did a phone-around of colleagues yesterday to sound out likely support.
- Sounding out the export market pays off for South Wales anti-noise specialist.
- The blue flange should be aligned with the IUD arms and set at the distance the uterus was sounded.
- Before sounding the uterus, the provider should already have screened the woman to rule out the possibility of vaginal or cervical infection.
- After successfully sounding the uterus, open the sterile package to reveal the shaft of the inserter.
- They came within about 20 feet of the rail, then, sounding, dove.
- Soon thereafter there will be the familiar flip of the tail as the whales "sound" or dive deep to the ocean's depths.
- You may see a series of spouts just before the whale sounds.
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- A uterine sound is described having a probe with measuring indicia inscribed thereon.
- The lithotomy sound is a specialized metal probe to prove the presence of bladder stones.
late Middle English: from Old French sonder, based on Latin sub- 'below' + unda 'wave'.
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- We have sophisticated fish finding equipment - sounders and GPS systems.
- Fish can be spotted on modern sounders with ease but be careful, many so-called ‘fish ID ‘facilities can be misleading, picking up weed, boulders and other obstructions and flagging them up as fish.’
- With digital GPS and colour video sounders, you can challenge the skipper to see how close he can get to a particular point on the wreck.
- Captains of foreign ships, and even those under U.S. registry, don't know the topography of the sound like an experienced local.
- As I remember, there was a time that we started on Friday doing endless laps around the Sound.
- They are common on the coast and in north Puget Sound, and are less common in the southern end of the sound.
Middle English: from Old Norse sund 'swimming, strait'; related to swim.