Sound, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Sounding.]
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.
Sound·ing, a. Making or emitting sound; hence, sonorous; as, sounding words.
1. The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the senses of the several verbs).
2. Naut. (a) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained. (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.
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
3: making or having a sound as specified; used as a combining
n 1: a measure of the depth of water taken by sounding
2: the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding