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.
the plummet at the end of a sounding line.
a line having a plummet at the end, used in making soundings.
(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.
(Naut.), a rod used to ascertain the depth of water in a ship's hold.
within the eighty-fathom line. Ham. Nav. Encyc.