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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sound  \Sound\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Sounded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Sounding}.]  [F.  sonder;  cf  AS  sundgyrd  a  sounding  rod, 
  sundline  a  sounding  line  (see  {Sound}  a  narrow  passage  of 
  1.  To  measure  the  depth  of  to  fathom;  especially,  to 
  ascertain  the  depth  of  by  means  of  a  line  and  plummet. 
  2.  Fig.:  To  ascertain,  or  try  to  ascertain,  the  thoughts, 
  motives,  and  purposes  of  (a  person);  to  examine;  to  try 
  to  test;  to  probe. 
  I  was  in  jest,  And  by  that  offer  meant  to  sound  your 
  breast.  --Dryden. 
  I've  sounded  my  Numidians  man  by  man.  --Addison. 
  3.  (Med.)  To  explore,  as  the  bladder  or  urethra,  with  a 
  sound;  to  examine  with  a  sound;  also  to  examine  by 
  auscultation  or  percussion;  as  to  sound  a  patient. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sounding  \Sound"ing\,  a. 
  Making  or  emitting  sound;  hence  sonorous;  as  sounding 
  words  --Dryden. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sounding  \Sound"ing\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  one  who  or  that  which  sounds  (in  any  of  the 
  senses  of  the  several  verbs). 
  2.  (Naut.)  [From  {Sound}  to  fathom.] 
  a  measurement  by  sounding;  also  the  depth  so 
  b  Any  place  or  part  of  the  ocean,  or  other  water,  where 
  a  sounding  line  will  reach  the  bottom;  --  usually  in 
  the  plural. 
  c  The  sand,  shells,  or  the  like  that  are  brought  up  by 
  the  sounding  lead  when  it  has  touched  bottom. 
  {Sounding  lead},  the  plummet  at  the  end  of  a  sounding  line 
  {Sounding  line},  a  line  having  a  plummet  at  the  end  used  in 
  making  soundings. 
  {Sounding  post}  (Mus.),  a  small  post  in  a  violin, 
  violoncello,  or  similar  instrument,  set  under  the  bridge 
  as  a  support,  for  propagating  the  sounds  to  the  body  of 
  the  instrument;  --  called  also  {sound  post}. 
  {Sounding  rod}  (Naut.),  a  rod  used  to  ascertain  the  depth  of 
  water  in  a  ship's  hold 
  {In  soundings},  within  the  eighty-fathom  line  --Ham.  Nav. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  appearing  to  be  as  specified;  usually  used  as  combining 
  forms;  "left  their  clothes  dirty  looking";  "a  most 
  disagreeable  looking  character";  "angry-looking"; 
  "liquid-looking";  "severe-looking  policemen  on  noble 
  horses";  "fine-sounding  phrases";  "taken  in  by 
  high-sounding  talk"  [syn:  {looking}] 
  2:  having  volume  or  depth;  "sounding  brass  and  a  tinkling 
  cymbal";  "the  sounding  cataract  haunted  me  like  a 
  passion"-  Wordsworth 
  3:  making  or  having  a  sound  as  specified;  used  as  a  combining 
  form  "harsh-sounding" 
  n  1:  a  measure  of  the  depth  of  water  taken  by  sounding 
  2:  the  act  of  measuring  depth  of  water  (usually  with  a  sounding 

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