sound off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sound off express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness "My mother complains all day","She has a lot to kick about"
    • v sound off express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation "John spoke up at the meeting"
    • v sound off start playing "The musicians struck up a tune"
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Quotations

  • Ethel Lynn Beers
    Ethel Lynn Beers
    “All quiet along the Potomac to-night, no sound save the rush of the river, while soft falls the dew on the face of the dead, the picket's off duty forever.”
  • Harold Evans
    Harold Evans
    “In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out. It is more elegant to pontificate than it is to sweat.”

Usage

In literature:

Why, we started to run, and got so far off that we couldn't find our way back, even after the trumpet began to sound.
"The American Baron" by James De Mille
We now directed our course for England, and by the 2d of June came into soundings off the Lizard.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII" by Robert Kerr
The sound of a shot rang true and clear through the chill air; not far off I thought.
"Mr. Isaacs" by F. Marion Crawford
A voice far off was sounding in my ears.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
This time I could not be mistaken; it was the sound of hurried footsteps some distance off and in the direction of the villa.
"Zarlah the Martian" by R. Norman Grisewood
Now we were just about to ride off the ancient road into the woods when we heard the muffled sounds of a party coming along the way.
"A King's Comrade" by Charles Whistler
Standing some way off he gave the shepherd's call, making his voice sound like the hoot of an owl.
"Waysiders" by Seumas O'Kelly
He dozed off, but started up several times at some slight sound.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
My fellow-prisoner took off his boots and was soon sound asleep.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
Twice or thrice it sounded, and then I heard it answered from far off.
"Wulfric the Weapon Thane" by Charles W. Whistler
His ears receive the far-off sound.
"Blackfeet Indian Stories" by George Bird Grinnell
He had half dosed off when a sound very close at hand, within the walls of canvas he thought, started him again into wakefulness.
"Triple Spies" by Roy J. Snell
The vibration of her nerves made his answers sound muffled and far-off.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
Occasionally a puff of air came off the sound and the fog blew in trailing wreaths before them.
"The Adventure Club Afloat" by Ralph Henry Barbour
At the sound the impatient horses started off, leaving three men standing in the street looking very blank.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
Dick paused while the snuff was taken off the candle: and the water went tap, tap, tap against the bends, with a most melancholy sound.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
As goon as he had finished he went off to bed, and in a few minutes was sound asleep.
"One of the 28th" by G. A. Henty
He had tried to answer them as they rode off, but not a sound could he utter.
"The Outdoor Chums After Big Game" by Captain Quincy Allen
Usually as soon as she sat down she would drop off in sound sleep.
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Voices sound far off, the lines of a book run into one another and the meaning of them passes unperceived.
"Disease and Its Causes" by William Thomas Councilman
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In poetry:

But we bequeath a parting tip
For sound advice of such men
Who come across in transport ship
To polish off the Dutchmen.
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
But we bequeath a parting tip
For sound advice of such men,
Who come across in transport ship
To polish off the Dutchmen!
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
Across the dusty, foot-worn street
Unblessed of flower or tree,
Faint and far-off--there ever sounds
The calling of the sea.
"The Call" by Virna Sheard
But we can say, I never will,
Friendship, fall off from thee;
And, oh sound truth and old regard,
Nothing shall part us three.
"Robin Hood, An Outlaw." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
To feel the wind, sea-scented, on my cheek,
To catch the sound of dusky flapping sail
And dip of oars, and voices on the gale
Afar off, calling low, — my name they speak!
"Land-Locked" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
The gleam of a star thou cans't not see —
Of an eye 'neath its sleeping lid,
The sound of a far off melody
The voice of a stream that's hid;
Such must I still remain to thee
A wonder and a mystery! —
"Fancy and the Poet" by Susanna Strickland Moodie

In news:

Readers sound off on Connally's failed tax election, Robinson tax increases and public intoxication .
Golf course irrigation highlights Navy's stewardship Sound Off.
Scott McCaughey, Alice Cooper, Handsome Dick Manitoba and other rocker fanatics sound off on our national pastime.
Finance Expert Ryan Mack Sounds Off on Occupy Wall Street.
Readers sound off mainly on Spain, Brian Birdwell and John Cullar.
Blazers fans sound off on midyear report.
I wanted to comment about the Oct 13 Sound Off article in the South Whidbey Record written by Island County Commissioner Kelley Emerson.
Tiger Woods is the Muhammad Ali of golf (Sound Off).
Newstalk Newsmembers–another chance to score big points for your VIP account, AND sound off.
A collection of Press-Register Sound Off, from Monday, May 14, 2012.
Sound off in the comments below.
Sound Off November 1 , 2012.
Sound Off for November 5 , 2012.
Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos sounds off on team, off-season plans.
Mayor advocates for a vicious dog ordinance, sounds off on regional parks and the budget at "City Hall on the Road " event.
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In science:

The sound speed is appropriate to use if the grains are carried off the planetary surface by a thermal Parker-type wind, as discussed in §4.4.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
Gas sublimates and then flows off a comet nucleus at essentially the sound speed, which can be dozens of times greater than the escape velocity from the nucleus.
Possible Disintegrating Short-Period Super-Mercury Orbiting KIC 12557548
Almost all musical systems are based on scales spanning an octave–the note that sounds the same as the one you started off with, but at a higher or lower pitch.
Music in Terms of Science
The tests have optimal or nearly optimal trade-offs between soundness and the number of queries.
Low-degree tests at large distances
Designing a low-degree test with a good trade-off between the number of queries and the soundness is a step towards a PCP construction.
Low-degree tests at large distances
Degree-1 (linear) tests with asymptotically optimal asymptotic trade-off between the number of queries and the soundness where given in .
Low-degree tests at large distances
We define and analyze a degree-1 test with relaxed rejection criteria whose trade-off between the number of queries and the soundness is asymptotically optimal and is much better than that achievable by the standard linearity tests. A different (and easier) analysis of this test was given in .
Low-degree tests at large distances
In that paper we were also able to extend the test to a conditional PCP construction (assuming the Unique Games Conjecture ) with an optimal number of queries vs. soundness trade-off.
Low-degree tests at large distances
We define and analyze a degree-2 test with a very good trade-off between the number of queries q and the soundness s. (We conjecture this trade-off to be asymptotically optimal.) A technical ingredient of this result has a natural interpretation in the framework of errorcorrecting codes.
Low-degree tests at large distances
There are three known elegant processes that are capable of doing this: modulation instability respectively collapse, scattering of Langmuir waves off thermal ions, and scattering off ion-sound waves, all three proposed long ago [for an early review of the latter two mechanisms cf., e.g., 156].
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
K = |k|, c represents the sound speed, a the Alfven speed, N 2 is the squared BruntV¨ais¨al¨a frequency and ω 2 c is the square of the isothermal acoustic cut-off frequency.
Numerical Models of Travel-Time Inhomogeneities in Sunspots
The infrared cut-off is determined by the lowest frequency which sustains stationary vibrations in the structure, and for typical sound speeds (vs ≃ 103 − 104 m/s) and typical sizes involved in high frequency nanoresonators (100 nm-1µm) as in , we can easily have ωIR ≃ 1-10 GHz, realizing a situation where Ω ≤ ωIR .
Thermalization in open classical systems with finite heat baths
We have conducted off-line computer based testing in Physics for 352 eight grade students (164 boys and 188 girls) from 18 schools in Serbia. The test contained 32 items dealing with understanding of waves (sound and light) and elements of laboratory measurement (data use, analysis and interpretation).
Test item response time and the response likelihood
The Launch Vehicles used will generate high levels of sound during lift-off and Tran(cid:146)s atmospheric acceleration. The payload satellites experiences mechanical loads of various frequencies and load on the vehicle from acoustic sources due to two factors.
Implementation of the Six Channel Redundancy to achieve fault tolerance in testing of satellites
Off it went tumbling down the wall of sound metaphysics, utterly bemused.
The Plight of `I Am'
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