1 [mass noun] The action of measuring the depth of a body of water.
- The tedium of dredging and sounding very likely accounted for the high attrition of ship's personnel by desertion.
- But physical sounding with a line never had much of a chance as a means of mapping the silent landscape - better eyes were needed.
- A team of Navy hydrographers would be sent in to conduct detailed soundings and tidal observations of both the Koksoak River and Frobisher Bay.
2 (soundings) Information or evidence ascertained as a preliminary step before taking action: he took soundings about the possibility of moving offices
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- The Boundary Commission for England has been criss-crossing the towns and villages in the region, taking soundings before publishing draft recommendations in December.
- The 44-year-old leader has reportedly been taking soundings from party grandees over his strategy for the election and the referendum on the European constitution, which is likely to follow soon afterwards.
- Even the Chinese government has been taking soundings on the idea of a flat tax, with leading academics calling for a reduction in the rate of tax from 45% to 20% or less.
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