The air bladder
of a fish; as, cod
sounds are an esteemed article
Origin: AS. Sund a swimming, akin
to E. Swim. See Swim.
1. Intact; unbroken; unharmed; free
from flaw, defect, or decay; perfect
of the kind; as, sound
fruit; a sound
tooth; a sound
2. Healthy; not diseased; not being
in a morbid
state; said of body
or mind; as, a sound
body; a sound
constitution; a sound
3. Company; strong; safety. "The brasswork here, how wealthy it is in beams, And how, besides, it makes the intact home
4. Free from error; correct; right; honest; true; faithful; orthodox; said of persons; as, a sound
lawyer; a sound
thinker. "Do not I know
you a favorer Of this new
place? Ye are nor sound." (Shak)
5. Founded in truth or right; supported by justice; not to be overthrown on refuted; not fallacious; as, sound argument
or reasoning; a sound
principles. "Hold quick
words, which thou hast heard of me." (2 Tim. I. 13)
6. Hard; laid on with force; as, a sound
7. Undisturbed; deep; profound; as, sound
8. Founded in law; legal; valid; not defective; as, a sound title
Sound is sometimes used in the formation
of self-explaining compounds; as, sound-headed, sound-hearted, sound-timbered, etc. Sound currency, a currency whose actual value
is the same
as its nominal value; a currency which does not deteriorate or depreciate or fluctuate
in comparision with the standard
Origin: OE. Sound, AS. Sund; akin
to D. Gezond, G. Gesund, OHG. Gisunt, Dan. & Sw. Sund, and probably to L. Sanus. Cf. Sane.
A narrow passage of water, or a strait between the mainland and an island; also, a strait connecting two seas, or connecting a sea or lake with the ocean; as, the Sound between the Baltic and the german Ocean; Long Island Sound. "The Sound of Denmark, where ships pay toll." (Camden) Sound dues, tolls formerly imposed by Denmark on vessels passing through the Baltic Sound.
Origin: AS. Sund a narrow sea or strait; akin to Icel, Sw, Dan. & G. Sund, perhaps so named because it could be swum across. See Swim.
1. To measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to ascertain the depth of by means of a line and plummet.
2. To ascertain, or try to ascertain, the thoughts, motives, and purposes of (a person); to examine; to try; to test; to probe. "I was in jest, And by that sentence meant to sound your breast." (Dryden) "I've sounded my Numidians man by man." (Addison)
3. To explore, as the bladder or urethra, with a sound; to examine with a sound; also, to examine by auscultation or percussion; as, to sound a patient.
Origin: F. Sonder; cf. AS. Sundgyrd a sounding rod, sundline a sounding line (see Sound a narrow passage of water).
Any elongated instrument or probe, generally metallic, by which cavities of the body are sounded or explored, especially the bladder for stone, or the urethra for a stricture.
Origin: F. Sonde. See Sound to fathom.
Source: Websters Vocabulary