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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SOUND OUT

I fastened the door, with robes against it to keep the sound out.

Since midnight not a sound out of her, not a wail, 95 not a sob.

Pushing a chair before him he followed the sound out to the dining-room.

Not a sound out of any of them was Big Mary's satisfactory report.

It was as though they were listening for a word to sound out of the darkness.

There was not a sound out of the night, nothing stirring but the Spirit of the North.

Not another word or sound out of you now until the jobs done.

When I wish to sound out a man, I ask him if he has ever been hungry.

Another peal of bells had begun to sound out at some distance off.

The sound of sk replaces either the sh, or the sound out of which it has been evolved.

WORD ORIGIN

"noise, what is heard, sensation produced through the ear," late 13c., soun, from Old French son "sound, musical note, voice," from Latin sonus "sound, a noise," from PIE *swon-o-, from root *swen- "to sound" (cf. Sanskrit svanati "it sounds," svanah "sound, tone;" Latin sonare "to sound;" Old Irish senim "the playing of an instrument;" Old English geswin "music, song," swinsian "to sing;" Old Norse svanr, Old English swan "swan," properly "the sounding bird").

The terminal -d was established c.1350-1550 as part of a tendency to add -d- after -n-. First record of sound barrier is from 1939. Sound check is from 1977; sound effects is 1909, originally live accompaniments to silent films.

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