sound out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sound out try to learn someone's opinions and intentions "I have to sound out the new professor"
    • v sound out speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way "She pronounces French words in a funny way","I cannot say `zip wire'","Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
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Quotations

  • Alfred Hitchcock
    Alfred Hitchcock
    “Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.”
  • Donald Bullock
    Donald Bullock
    “Most of our executives make very sound decisions. The trouble is many of them have turned out not to have been right.”
  • 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.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.”
  • Keith Degreen
    Keith Degreen
    “To succeed means that you may have to step out of line and march to the sound of your own drummer.”

Usage

In literature:

At two in the morning when I crept away to my bed, the tom-tom and the piano were both sounding out with almost undiminished vigor.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
They rode away, and the horses' feet gave out no sound, which explained why they had not aroused anybody within the cabin.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
He let himself out through the east gate and went toward the sounds of battle.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
There were a few sound substitutions to figure out, but I finally caught on.
"Greylorn" by John Keith Laumer
The whip-like crack of the cibolero's rifle sounded on the air, and one of the Panes dropped out of his saddle.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Its clang clang startled him out of a sound sleep; and he was on his feet on the floor almost before his eyes were open.
"The Crofton Boys" by Harriet Martineau
Shortly after, I was wandering out to the caballada to look after my horse, when the sound of a bugle fell upon my ear.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
On the 21st of July, all things being ready, the anchors were weighed, and the little squadron sailed out of Plymouth Sound.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
There were strange sounds and sights he could not make out.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Hanny woke out of a sound sleep.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
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In poetry:

So Dan he cast his anchor out,
And anchored on the sound;
And when the haze riz some next day,
His boat had swung clean round.
"The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan" by Ellis Parker Butler
In and out among the trees,
Filling all the night with sound,
The morning, strung upon her star,
Shall chase us round and round.
"Fairies" by Francis Ledwidge
"Three times around it pass,
With never a sound;
Each time a wisp of grass
And myrtle pluck, and pass
Out of the ghostly ground;
"The Eve Of All-Saints" by Madison Julius Cawein
Cease murdering the dead.
If you hope not to perish, if you
Want sound of them again,
Stop crying out, cease
The crying out of it.
"Italy" by Giuseppe Ungaretti
Zoo woone did watch above his head
The bird his hands could never teäke;
An' woone, below, where he did tread,
Vound out the nest within the breäke;
But, aggs be only woonce a-vound,
An' uncaught larks ageän mid sound.
"The Lark" by William Barnes
Did she, then, make the choice, and step out bravely
From sound to silence—close, herself, those windows?
Or was it true, instead,
That darkness moved,—for once,—and so possessed her? . . .
We'll never know, you say, for she is dead.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 06: " by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Copeland then trotted out what sounded like a joke but he swears is the truth.
A sound pioneered in Nigeria and coming straight out the Yoruba music traditions.
Ever since he rolled out his new sound a few years ago -- train motion and flight take-offs.
Deer are accustomed to sounds from their natural environment and are alerted by sounds that seem unfamiliar or out of place.
As he rehashed his offense's forgettable second half in Indianapolis, Mike McCarthy on Monday sounded perfectly aware that the Packers' run-pass balance got out of whack .
Turns out, your candy could be killing orangutans OK, that sounds kind of dramatic, but it's true.
As the gun sounded during the 400 prelims at Twelve Oaks Stadium, the University of Georgia signee couldn't make it out the blocks.
How many vowel sounds can you squeeze out of the word "taxi" or "saucy".
Sebastian rocks out with The Sounds.
The band's sound is straight out of 1995 and I love them for that.
Gross Out and About Lightning Bolt Brings Thunderous Sounds to The Shredder .
We just know the next time we swap out our cell phone the new one will be better, stronger, faster (Six Million Dollar Man sound here) and generally it'll cost the same or less than the one it replaces.
If preparing, cooking and cleaning all day on Thanksgiving doesn't sound appealing, why not go out to eat this year.
Ask what stood out at this year's edition of Bremerton's West Sound Senior Games and competitors could point to one thing for certain.
Even experienced performers can't pick out sound of the revered Stradivarius.
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In science:

Also, our technique is complete, sound, and can be carried out automatically.
Testing Systems of Concurrent Black-boxes--an Automata-Theoretic and Decompositional Approach
It turns out 9 that observations of the Mach cone is routinely used experimentally in studies of strongly coupled “dusty” electromagnetic plasmas : see e.g. , where one can see double Mach cones, corresponding to both sound and “shear” modes.
The conical flow from quenched jets in sQGP
As I already mentioned above, the duality between gravity in the bulk and sound on the brane has been pointed out already by Polikastro et al.
The conical flow from quenched jets in sQGP
The phase of the BAOs is frozen out at zd at the value k s, with s ≈ 152 Mpc being the comoving sound horizon at zd and k the comoving wavenumber of the oscillation.
Probing Dark Energy with Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations at High Redshifts
If we apply our findings to a chain of 50, 0.6 micron sized, silica grains, the sound velocity turns out to be cs = 503 m/s.
Numerical determination of the material properties of porous dust cakes
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