• (America, RP) enPR: soundʹĭng, IPA: /ˈsaʊndɪŋ/

sounding (plural soundings)

  1. The action of the verb to sound.
    • And thus did the trumpets sound one-and-twenty blasts every day; […] three soundings at the three pausings of the music, […]

sounding (not comparable)

  1. Emitting a sound.
    The sounding bell woke me up.
  2. Sonorous.
    • sounding words
    • In her tomb by the sounding sea.
  1. present participle of sound#English|sound
    Little Mary was sounding very sleepy, so I tucked her in bed.

sounding (plural soundings)

  1. Test made with a probe or sonde.
    • 2011, John P. Rafferty, Oceans and Oceanography (page 189)
      Soundings showed wide variations in depths of water, and from the dredgings of the bottom came new types of sediment […]
    • 2020 June 25, National Weather Service Boston 9:52 AM forecast discussion:
      Morning sounding at Chatham showed dry adiabatic lapse rate all the way to 700 mb this morning […]
  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 medical or sexual purposes
  4. (chiefly, in the plural) Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom.
    • Spanish Ladies, naval song, chorus
      We'll rant and we'll roar across the salt seas; Until we strike soundings in the Channel of old England
  5. The sand, shells, etc. brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.

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