noise

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French noise (a dispute, wrangle, strife, noise); origin uncertain; according to some, from Latin nausea (disgust, nausea); according to others, from Latin noxia (hurt, harm, damage, injury); but neither explanation is satisfactory in regard to either form or sense.

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noise (plural noises)

  1. Various sounds, usually unwanted.
    He knew that it was trash day, when the garbage collectors made all the noise.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
      The heavens turn about in a most rapid motion without noise to us perceived.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, The Unknown Ajax:
      Charles had not been employed above six months at Darracott Place, but he was not such a whopstraw as to make the least noise in the performance of his duties when his lordship was out of humour.
  2. Sound or signal generated by random fluctuations.
  3. (technology) Unwanted part of a signal. (Signal to noise ratio)
  4. (genetics) The measured level of variation in gene expression among cells, regardless of source, within a supposedly identical population.
  5. Rumour or complaint.
    The problems with the new computer system are causing a lot of noise at Head Office.
    • T. Baker
      What noise have we had about transplantation of diseases and transfusion of blood!
    • Spectator
      Socrates lived in Athens during the great plague which has made so much noise in all ages.
  6. (obsolete) Music, in general; a concert; also, a company of musicians; a band.
    • Ben Jonson (1572-1637)
      The king has his noise of gypsies.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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  • (Various sounds): sound

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(Genetics meaning) "Noise in Gene Expression: Origins, Consequences, and Control." Jonathan M. Raser and Erin K. O'Shea (2005). Science. 309(5743):2010-2013.

Verb[edit]

noise (third-person singular simple present noises, present participle noising, simple past and past participle noised)

  1. (intransitive) To make a noise; to sound.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
  2. (transitive) To spread news of; to spread as rumor or gossip.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts II:
      When this was noysed aboute, the multitude cam togedder and were astonyed, because that every man herde them speake in his awne tongue.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French noise

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noise f (plural noises)

  1. (archaic or literary) quarrel, argument

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain; according to some, from Latin nausea (disgust, nausea), cf. Old Provençal nauza (noise, quarrel); according to others, from Latin noxia (hurt, harm, damage, injury); but neither explanation is satisfactory in regard to either form or sense.

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noise f (oblique plural noises, nominative singular noise, nominative plural noises)

  1. dispute, argument
  2. noise, sound

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