- 1 uncountable and countable 1.1 (noise)(unpleasant, disturbing)we heard the sound of footstepswe were woken by the sound of her crying/of trafficoímos (unos) pasosdon't make a sound!nos despertó su llanto/el ruido del tráficothere wasn't a sound to be heard¡no hagas ni el menor ruido!she left the stage to the sound of wild applauseno se oía absolutamente nadahe is very fond of the sound of his own voice sound and fury 1.2 (of music, instrument) we danced all night to the sound of Bill Haleyabandonó el escenario en medio de un torrente de aplausosbailamos toda la noche al son or al compás de la música de Bill HaleyExample sentences1.3 (of voice)
Example sentences1.4 (Linguistics) a vowel sound
- 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.
un sonido vocálico
- 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 2.1 (Physics) at the speed of soundtheir home is within sound of the cathedral bellsa la velocidad del sonido(before noun) the sound barrierdesde su casa se pueden oír las campanas de la catedrala sound wavela barrera del sonido2.2 (Audio, Radio, Television) the picture's good, but the sound's lousyuna onda sonoraturn the sound up/downla imagen es buena, pero el sonido es malísimo(before noun) sound archivessube/baja el volumenExample 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] (no plural) his questions had a threatening soundI rather like the sound of himsus preguntas sonaban a amenazasI don't like the sound of that at allparece agradable por lo que dices ( or dicen etc)by o from the sound of it, everything's going very welleso no me huele nada bienparece 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.
- 1 1.1 (give impression) your voice sounds o you sound different on the phoneshe sounded relieved/surprisedtu voz suena distinta por teléfonotheir names sound foreignsonó aliviada/sorprendidayou sound as if o as though you could do with a restsus nombres suenan extranjerosit sounds as if o as though they're here nowme da la impresión de que no te vendría mal un descansowhen you talk like that you sound just like your father(por el ruido) parece que ya están aquíthat sounds like Susan nowcuando dices esas cosas es como si estuviera oyendo a tu padreit sounded like somebody coughingesa debe (de) ser Susan1.2 (seem) we'll leave at ten; how does that sound to you?era un ruido como de alguien tosiendohe sounds a nice guysaldremos a las diez ¿qué te parece?it sounds as if o as though you had a great timepor lo que dices ( or dicen etc) parece que es un buen tipo [colloquial]you sound like someone who knows his own mindparece que lo pasaste fenomenalyou make it sound like a chorepareces saber muy bien lo que quieressounds like fun! [colloquial]hablas de ello como si fuera una tarea pesadait sounds like a good idea¡qué divertido!me parece muy buena ideaExample sentences
- 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.
- 2 (make noise, resound)(footsteps/bell/alarm)Example sentences
- 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.
- 1 1.1(trumpet/horn)to sound the retreathacer sonarthe chairman sounded a note of warning in his speechtocar a retiradathe results sounded a warning to investorsen su discurso, el presidente llamó a la cautela1.2 (articulate)los resultados alertaron a los inversores(letter/consonant)Example sentences
- 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.
adjective -er, -est
- 1 1.1 (healthy) safe and sound I, Peter Smith, being of sound mind … [formal]Example sentences1.2 (in good condition)
(timber)the business is basically sounden buenas condicionesto put the economy back on a sound footingel negocio es esencialmente sólidosanear 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)(advice/decision)a sound case2.2 (reliable) to be soundun caso irrebatible
onsomethingthe book is very sound on the details of his upbringingser competente enalgoser de fiar en cuanto aalgoel 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)3.2 (hard, thorough) See examples: a sound beatinguna 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 -er, -est
- sound asleepI'll sleep the sounder for knowing you're homeprofundamente dormidodormiré mejor sabiendo que estás en casaExample sentences
- 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.
- 1 (Nautical)(channel/water)Example sentences
- 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.
- 2 (Medicine)(cavity)Example sentences
- 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.
- 3→ sound out
- (Geography) 1.1 (channel) 1.2 (inlet)Example sentences
- 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.
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