noise

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English noyse, noise, from Old French noise (a dispute, wrangle, strife, noise), of uncertain origin. According to some, from Latin nausia, 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 (countable and uncountable, plural noises)

  1. (uncountable) Various sounds, usually unwanted or unpleasant.
    He knew that it was trash day, when the garbage collectors made all the noise.
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      The heavens turn about in a most rapid motion without noise to us perceived.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in 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. Any sound.
    The sudden noise made everyone jump.
    She crept up behind him not making a noise.
  3. Sound or signal generated by random fluctuations.
  4. (technology) Any part of a signal or data that reduces the clarity, precision, or quality of the desired output.
    signal-to-noise ratio
    • 2018, Clarence Green; James Lambert, “Position vectors, homologous chromosomes and gamma rays: Promoting disciplinary literacy through Secondary Phrase Lists”, in English for Specific Purposes, DOI:10.1016/j.esp.2018.08.004, page 11:
      On the technical side, the scanning and OCR of texts, in combination with the graphic design of high school text books, introduced a certain level of noise into the corpus which in turn led to a higher tagging error rate than usual and may affect count precision.
  5. (figuratively, by extension) Unwanted fuss or bustle; useless activity.
    • 2013, R. Douglas Williamson, Straight Talk on Leadership: Solving Canada's Business Crisis:
      In order to provide coherence and confidence, the leader must dramatically turn down the noise level in the organization, eliminate any unnecessary distractions that inevitably get in the way of execution, and banish the fear of uncertainty.
  6. (genetics) The measured level of variation in gene expression among cells, regardless of source, within a supposedly identical population.
  7. Rumour or complaint.
    The problems with the new computer system are causing a lot of noise at Head Office.
    • 1709-1710, Thomas Baker, Reflections on Learning
      What noise have we had for fome Years about Transplantation of diseases and transfusion of blood!
    • October 13, 1711, Joseph Addison, The Spectator, No. 195
      He [Socrates] lived in Athens during the great plague, which has made so much noise through all ages.
  8. (informal) Speech that is suggestive of an attitude or opinion.
    • 2012, Richard Oliver Collin, Pamela L. Martin, An Introduction to World Politics (page 425)
      Despite encouraging noises made by politicians from time to time, the two sides there have never been further from an agreement.
  9. (obsolete) Music, in general; a concert; also, a company of musicians; a band.
  10. (music) A genre of rock music that uses static and other non-musical sounds, also influenced by art rock.

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See also: Thesaurus: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.
    • 1667, John Milton, “(please specify the book number)”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Those terrours, which thou speak'st of, did me none ;
      I never fear'd they could, though noising loud
      And threatening nigh
  2. (transitive) To spread news of; to spread as rumor or gossip.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French noise, possibly from Latin nausia, nausea, or alternatively noxia.

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noise f (plural noises)

  1. (archaic or literary) quarrel, argument

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

noise

  1. Alternative form of noyse

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noise

  1. Alternative form of noysen

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French noise.

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noise f (plural noises)

  1. noise

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  • French: noise

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain; according to some, from Latin nausia, nausea (disgust, nausea), compare Old Occitan 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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