What about the adjective?
That is a sound argument. The hull of the vessel is sound.
- That’s almost the first definition given: complete, solid, secure. —Stephen 18:18, 5 November 2006 (UTC)
How about Long Island Sound?
sounding in tort (et al.)
There's another definition of sound that's not currently in this entry. I'm not sure what the definition is (which is why I'm not adding it), but it's used in law (at least American law) in the phrases sounds in and sounding in. Google "claim sounds in" (books, Usenet), "claim sounding in" (books, Usenet), "action sounds in" (books, Usenet), and "action sounding in" (books, Usenet) for examples. —msh210 19:49, 5 July 2007 (UTC)
- So I went and found a copy of Black's Law Dictionary, 7/e, which is under copyright, and it says:
- sound, vb. 1. To be actionable (in) <her claims for physical injury sound in tort, not in contract>. 2. To be recoverable (in) <his tort action sounds in damages, not in equitable relief>.
- Since I don't fully understand these definitions, I can't include them. Maybe someone else knows the word and how it's used.—msh210 23:39, 5 July 2007 (UTC)
Kept. See archived discussion of July 2008. 07:16, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
Oxford English Dictionary says "to measure the depth of the sea or a lake by using a line with a weight attached, or an electronic instrument" - is this what's meant at Etymology 4, Verb, Definition 2 - to probe? Duncan MacCall 07:39, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
It is my impression that user Drago unwillingly inserted 'Test' as one of the possible meanings of the word. Please, could someone more versed in English check if we need to remove that meaning? Thanks, Marianocecowski 09:55, 7 March 2011 (UTC)
Doesnt sound come from latin sanus, as well as sane?
But WHY does it mean this?
This entry wasn't very helpful. I wanted to know the etymology of the verb meaning "in good condition". It's there, but no indication of what the word sources mean or why the word "sound" came to mean so. It did help, but mainly because the act of looking at other definitions gave me an idea, and I still don't know for sure, but I think it's because others know you're okay if they can hear you're okay, whether it's from laughter, snoring, or because you are required to 'sound off' regularly that all is well.
But could we please include more definitions in these entries of source words? History too? Because even when I find those definitions, often they give no indications of what connection existed between source and present day usage. Clearly there's a lot more to etymology than just knowing precedent words. It's also about history.