- 1 u and c 1.1 (noise) sonido (masculine); (unpleasant, disturbing) ruido (masculine) we heard the sound of footsteps oímos (unos) pasos we were woken by the sound of her crying/of traffic nos despertó su llanto/el ruido del tráfico don't make a sound! ¡no hagas ni el menor ruido! there wasn't a sound to be heard no se oía absolutamente nada she left the stage to the sound of wild applause abandonó el escenario en medio de un torrente de aplausos he is very fond of the sound of his own voice le encanta escucharse sound and fury revuelo (masculine) 1.2 (of music, instrument) sonido (masculine) we danced all night to the sound of Bill Haley bailamos toda la noche al son or al compás de la música de Bill HaleyExample sentences1.3 (of voice) sonido (masculine)
Example sentences1.4 [Linguistics/Lingüística] sonido (masculine) a vowel sound un sonido vocálico
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 uncountable/no numerable 2.1 [Physics/Física] sonido (masculine) at the speed of sound a la velocidad del sonido their home is within sound of the cathedral bells desde su casa se pueden oír las campanas de la catedral (before noun/delante del nombre) the sound barrier la barrera del sonido a sound wave una onda sonora 2.2 [Audio] [Radio] [Television/Televisión] sonido (masculine) the picture's good, but the sound's lousy la imagen es buena, pero el sonido es malísimo turn the sound up/down sube/baja el volumen (before noun/delante del nombre) sound archives fonoteca (feminine)Example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 3 (impression conveyed) [colloquial/familiar] (no plural/sin plural) his questions had a threatening sound sus preguntas sonaban a amenazas I rather like the sound of him parece agradable por lo que dices ( or dicen etc) I don't like the sound of that at all eso no me huele nada bien by o from the sound of it, everything's going very well parece que or por lo visto todo marcha muy bienExample sentences
- 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.
intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo
- 1 1.1 (give impression) sonar* your voice sounds o you sound different on the phone tu voz suena distinta por teléfono she sounded relieved/surprised sonó aliviada/sorprendida their names sound foreign sus nombres suenan extranjeros you sound as if o as though you could do with a rest me da la impresión de que no te vendría mal un descanso it sounds as if o as though they're here now (por el ruido) parece que ya están aquí when you talk like that you sound just like your father cuando dices esas cosas es como si estuviera oyendo a tu padre that sounds like Susan now esa debe (de) ser Susan it sounded like somebody coughing era un ruido como de alguien tosiendo 1.2 (seem) parecer* we'll leave at ten; how does that sound to you? saldremos a las diez ¿qué te parece? he sounds a nice guy por lo que dices ( or dicen etc) parece que es un buen tipo [colloquial/familiar] it sounds as if o as though you had a great time parece que lo pasaste fenomenal you sound like someone who knows his own mind pareces saber muy bien lo que quieres you make it sound like a chore hablas de ello como si fuera una tarea pesada sounds like fun! [colloquial/familiar] ¡qué divertido! it sounds like a good idea me parece muy buena idea
- 2 (make noise, resound) [footsteps/bell/alarm] sonar*
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1 1.1 [trumpet/horn] tocar*, hacer* sonar to sound the retreat tocar* (a) retreta, tocar* a retirada the chairman sounded a note of warning in his speech en su discurso, el presidente llamó a la cautela the results sounded a warning to investors los resultados alertaron a los inversores 1.2 (articulate) [letter/consonant] pronunciar
- 2 [Medicine/Medicina] [chest/lungs] auscultar
Verbos con partícula
adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)
- 1 1.1 (healthy) sano; [constitution] sano, fuerte safe and sound sano y salvo I, Peter Smith, being of sound mind … [formal] yo, Peter Smith, (estando) en pleno uso de mis facultades … [formal]Example sentences1.2 (in good condition) [structure/basis/foundation] sólido, firme; [timber] en buenas condiciones the business is basically sound el negocio es esencialmente sólido to put the economy back on a sound footing sanear la economía
- 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.
- 2 2.1 (valid) [reasoning/argument/knowledge] sólido; [advice/decision] sensato a sound case un caso irrebatible 2.2 (reliable) [colleague/staff] responsable, formal to be sound
onsth ser* competente enalgo, ser* de fiar en cuanto aalgo the book is very sound on the details of his upbringing el libro está muy documentado en los detalles de su educaciónExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 3 3.1 (deep) [sleep] profundo 3.2 (hard, thorough) a sound beating una buena palizaExample sentences
- 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.
adverb/adverbio (-er, -est)
transitive verb/verbo transitivo
- 1 [Nautical/Náutica] [channel/water] sondar
- 2 [Medicine/Medicina] [cavity] sondar
- [Medicine/Medicina] sonda (feminine)