Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SOUNDS

The impact of sounds on his ear from the receiver set him to attention.

From the sounds, she judged that he was putting on his shabby gray coat.

That is not such a tragic thing as possibly it sounds to you.

Other, though fainter, sounds than these contributed to my restlessness.

Never before had any night sounds in this old house mounted in this way to her ears.

It sounds like the wind a-blowin' through white clovah, doesn't it?

The throb of these sounds was as a background to the evening--fierce, passionate, barbaric.

Lady Glenthorn and her set were dancing, and I was tired of these sounds of gaiety.

Everywhere you could hear merry converse and sounds of laughter.

Hours passed with no other sounds than those of the rapidly waning tempest.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.