Pronunciation Noun


  1. Various sounds, usually unwanted or unpleasant.
    He knew that it was trash day, when the garbage collectors made all the noise.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      The heavens turn about in a most rapid motion without noise to us perceived.
  2. Sound or signal generated by random fluctuations.
  3. (technology) Unwanted part of a signal.
    signal-to-noise ratio
  4. (figurative, by extension) Unwanted fuss or bustle; useless activity.
  5. (genetics) The measured level of variation in gene expression among cells, regardless of source, within a supposedly identical population.
  6. Rumour or complaint.
    The problems with the new computer system are causing a lot of noise at Head Office.
    • What noise have we had about transplantation of diseases and transfusion of blood!
    • October 13, 1711, Joseph Addison, The Spectator, No. 195
      He [Socrates] lived in Athens during the great plague, which has made so much noise through all ages.
  7. (obsolete) Music, in general; a concert; also, a company of musicians; a band.
    • 1621, Ben Jonson, The Gypsies Metamorphosed
      The king has his noise of gypsies.
  8. (music) A genre of rock music that uses static and other non-musical sounds, also influenced by art rock.
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noise (noises, present participle noising; past and past participle noised)

  1. (intransitive) To make a noise; to sound.
  2. (transitive) To spread news of; to spread as rumor or gossip.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts II:
      When this was noysed aboute, the multitude cam togedder and were astonyed, because that every man herde them speake in his awne tongue.
    • 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That which is to Come: […], London: Printed for Nath[aniel] Ponder […], OCLC 228725984 ↗; reprinted in The Pilgrim’s Progress as Originally Published by John Bunyan: Being a Fac-simile Reproduction of the First Edition, London: Elliot Stock […], 1875, OCLC 222146756 ↗, page 17 ↗:
      This man then meeting with Chriſtian, and having ſome inckling of him, for Chriſtians ſetting forth from the City of Deſtruction was much noiſed abroad, not only in the Town, where he dwelt, but alſo it began to be the Town-talk in ſome other places.

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