sound Definition

  • 1vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person's or animal's ear
  • 2a particular auditory impression
  • 3in good condition; not damaged, injured, or diseased

Using sound: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sound" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sound of the waves crashing on the shore was soothing.

  • Example

    The sound of the alarm clock woke me up.

  • Example

    The car is in sound condition.

  • Example

    He gave a sound argument for his position.

sound Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sound

Phrases with sound

  • to express one's opinion or make one's presence known in a forceful or outspoken manner


    The protesters sounded off against the new policy.

  • sound as a bell

    in perfect condition, especially of health or physical fitness


    After months of training, he was as sound as a bell.

  • a healthy mind and body are essential to a healthy life


    He believed in the adage 'sound mind in a sound body' and exercised regularly.

Origins of sound

from Old English 'gesund', meaning 'healthy'


Summary: sound in Brief

The term 'sound' [saʊnd] refers to vibrations that can be heard, or a particular auditory impression. It can also mean in good condition, exemplified by 'The car is in sound condition.' 'Sound' extends into phrases like 'sound off,' meaning to express oneself forcefully, and idioms like 'sound as a bell,' denoting perfect condition.

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