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sounding 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"


1 a measure of the depth of water taken by sounding
2 the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding line)

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac UK: /ˈsaʊndɪŋ/, /"saUndIN/
  • italbrac US: , /ˈsoʊndɪŋ/, /"soUndIN/


  1. The action of the verb to sound
    The sounding of the bells woke me from sleep
  2. A measured depth of water
    The sailor took a sounding every five minutes
  3. The act of inserting of a thin metal rod into the urethra of the penis for sexual pleasure


  1. Emitting a sound
    The sounding bell woke me up.


  1. present participle of sound
    Little Mary was sounding very sleepy, so I tucked her in bed.

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