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.
- (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: […] William Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee […], →OCLC:
- The heavens turn about in a most rapid motion without noise to us perceived.
- Any sound.
- The sudden noise made everyone jump.
- She crept up behind him not making a noise.
- Sound or signal generated by random fluctuations.
- (technology) Any part of a signal or data that reduces the clarity, precision, or quality of the desired output.
- 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, 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.
- (figurative, 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.
- (genetics) The measured level of variation in gene expression among cells, regardless of source, within a supposedly identical population.
- 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.
- (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.
- (obsolete) Music, in general; a concert; also, a company of musicians; a band.
- (music) A genre of rock music that uses static and other non-musical sounds, also influenced by art rock.
- (Various sounds): sound
- background noise
- big noise
- black noise
- blue noise
- Brownian noise
- Brown noise
- comfort noise
- fuck that noise
- gray noise
- grey noise
- harsh noise
- Johnson noise
- Johnson-Nyquist noise
- line noise
- low-noise block downconverter
- make a noise in the world
- make noise
- make some noise
- noise barrier
- noise cancellation
- noise footprint
- noise gate
- noiseless, noiselessly, noiselessness
- noise pollution
- noise pop
- noise power
- noise rock
- noises off
- noise stick
- noise trader
- noise word
- noisy, noisily
- Perlin noise
- pink noise
- power noise
- purple noise
- red noise
- shot noise
- surface noise
- thermal noise
- violet noise
- white noise
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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.
- (intransitive) To make a noise; to sound.
- 1667, John Milton, “(please specify the book number)”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, →OCLC:
- Those terrours, which thou speak'st of, did me none ;
I never fear'd they could, though noising loud
And threatening nigh
- (transitive) To spread news of; to spread as rumor or gossip.
- 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That which is to Come: […], London: […] Nath[aniel] Ponder […], →OCLC; reprinted in The Pilgrim’s Progress as Originally Published by John Bunyan: Being a Fac-simile Reproduction of the First Edition, London: Elliot Stock […], 1875, →OCLC, page 17:
- This man then meeting with Chriſtian, and having ſome inckling of him, for Chriſtians ſetting forth from the City of Deſtruction was much noiſed abroad, not only in the Town, where he dwelt, but alſo it began to be the Town-talk in ſome other places.
- “noise”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “noise”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “noise”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
noise f (plural noises)
- “noise”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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noise f (plural noises)
- French: noise
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.