From Latin 'sub undare', diving under (sub) the waves (unda), trough the Spanish and Portuguese contracted form 'sondar'
sounding (plural soundings)
- The action of the verb to sound.
- The sounding of the bells woke me from sleep.
- Testing with a probe or sonde.
- A measured depth of water.
- The sailor took a sounding every five minutes
- The act of inserting of a thin metal rod into the urethra of the penis for medical or sexual purposes
- (chiefly in the plural) Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom.
- The sand, shells, etc. brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
sounding (not comparable)
- Emitting a sound.
- The sounding bell woke me up.
- sounding words
- Edgar Allan Poe
- In her tomb by the sounding sea.
- Present participle of sound.
- Little Mary was sounding very sleepy, so I tucked her in bed.