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sounding   WordNet 2.0

- the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding line)

 
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- a measure of the depth of water taken by sounding

 
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- making or having a sound as specified

- used as a combining form
"harsh-sounding"

 
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- having volume or depth
"sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal"
"the sounding cataract haunted me like a passion"- Wordsworth

 
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- 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 b

 
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Sounding   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. Making or emitting sound; hence, sonorous; as, sounding words. Dryden.

 
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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 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. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

 
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