• WordNet 3.6
    • v noise emit a noise
    • n noise the quality of lacking any predictable order or plan
    • n noise incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks "all the noise in his speech concealed the fact that he didn't have anything to say"
    • n noise the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience "modern music is just noise to me"
    • n noise a loud outcry of protest or complaint "the announcement of the election recount caused a lot of noise","whatever it was he didn't like it and he was going to let them know by making as loud a noise as he could"
    • n noise sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound) "he enjoyed the street noises","they heard indistinct noises of people talking","during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
    • n noise electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Blue and fin whales can create the loudest sound by animals ever recorded; sounds that have more energy than jet plane noise.
    • Noise Especially, loud, confused, or senseless sound; clamor; din.
    • Noise Loud or continuous talk; general talk or discussion; rumor; report. "The noise goes.""What noise have we had about transplantation of diseases and transfusion of blood!""Socrates lived in Athens during the great plague which has made so much noise in all ages."
    • Noise Music, in general; a concert; also, a company of musicians; a band. "The king has his noise of gypsies."
    • Noise Sound of any kind. "The heavens turn about in a most rapid motion without noise to us perceived."
    • Noise To disturb with noise.
    • v. i Noise To sound; to make a noise.
    • Noise To spread by rumor or report. "All these sayings were noised abroad."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the mall, the fat sheriff with the shotgun fires at the spiders. When the ejected casings hit the ground, they make a metallic "chink" noise. Shotgun casings are made of plastic.
    • n noise A sound of any kind and proceeding from any source; especially, an annoying or disagreeable sound, or a mixture of confused sounds; a din: as, the noise of falling water; the noise of battle. In acoustics a noise, as opposed to a tone, is a sound produced by confused, irregular, and practically unanalyzable vibrations.
    • n noise Outcry; clamor; loud, importunate, or continued talk: as, to make a great noise about trifles.
    • n noise Frequent talk; much public conversation or discussion; stir.
    • n noise Report; rumor.
    • n noise A set or company of musicians; a band.
    • n noise Offense; offensive savor.
    • n noise Synonyms Tone, etc. (see sound, n., 2 and 3); din, clatter, blare, hubbub, racket, uproar.
    • noise To sound.
    • noise To spread by rumor or report; report: often with abroad.
    • noise To report of; spread rumors concerning; accuse publicly.
    • noise To disturb with noise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The low frequency call of the humpback whale is the loudest noise made by a living creature. The call of the humpback whale is louder than Concorde and can be heard from 500 miles away.
    • n Noise noiz sound of any kind: any over-loud or excessive sound, din: frequent or public talk:
    • v.t Noise to spread by rumour
    • v.i Noise to sound loud
    • n Noise noiz (Shak.) report: a musical band
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  • Joe E. Lewis
    “I would take a bomb, but I can't stand the noise.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.”
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    “Change is not reform, any more than noise is music.”
  • George F. Will
    “As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.”
  • John Selden
    “They that govern the most make the least noise.”


Empty vessels make the most noise - The thoughtless often speak the most.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. noise, noisy strife, quarrel, brawl, fr. L. nausea, seasickness, sickness, disgust. See Nausea
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. noise, quarrel; prob. from L. nausea, disgust; but possibly from L. noxa, hurt—nocēre, to hurt.


In literature:

There, it skimmed just over our heads with a fluttering noise.
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
I shouted to him, and told him to shout too, hoping that the noise might scare off the bird.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was pitchy dark when we awoke, but the noise from among the Indian lodges was louder than ever.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
The rushing noise continued, but it grew more faint, and Gunson rose to his feet.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
He was putting the morsel again to his mouth, when the noise was repeated.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Naturally the young man shrank a little from a noise so loud and so near.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne
But it was not rain that produced the noise, though big drops were even then beginning to fall.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
From this edge of the forest came now a noise of mounted men.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
They made such a noise that Pauppukkeewis forgot what had been told him about not looking down.
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
The noise grew louder and louder as it approached.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various

In poetry:

By still water they would rest
In the shadow of the tree:
After battle sleep is best,
After noise, tranquillity.
"The Old" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
By still water they would rest,
In the shadow of the tree;
After battle sleep is best,
After noise tranquillity.
"Dying " by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
And yet if the old man wished no noise,
He'd come and sit at his knee,
And be the gravest of grave-eyed boys;
And not a word spoke he.
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
With vague dead gleam the morning white
Comes through the window-panes;
The clouds have fallen all the night,
Without the noise of rains.
"Songs of the Winter Days" by George MacDonald
Here let us sit and bless our Starres
Who did such happy quiet give,
As that remov'd from noise of warres.
In one another's hearts we live.
"A Retir'd Friendship" by Katherine Philips
For I was all alone—no voice
Had touch of sympathy with mine,
Till through the clang of railway noise
A voice came, and that voice was thine.
"To My Friend" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

The big thing about the first public flyby of the Cirrus Vision was the noise.
Whitehall is reverberating to the noise of the engine of government being overhauled.
Because of complaints by residents during the past eight months, the Carlsbad City Council is considering enacting an ordinance that would forbid local bars from emitting noise greater than 60 decibels after 10 p.m.
Does Maui's noise ordinance pertain to animals.
Police responded to a home on the 4000 block of North Fairhill Street for complaints of excessive noise Thursday.
Chemists Concoct the 'White Noise' of Smell.
The MXL USB.007 stereo mic ($199), for direct to computer recording on a PC or Mac, uses dual gold diaphragm capsules in a XY pattern together with low noise electronics.
The veteran ensemble will rock New Noise.
Most headphones block out all exterior noise, allowing you to become fully immersed in your music.
Noise and Space Continuum .
45 pm Monday night, November 12th, residents along Front Street heard a strange noise.
U ncontrolled noise in process operations is a serious problem.
0 Jason Dechert and Jules Willcox in 'The Doctor's Dilemma' at A Noise Within.
Fabricated in a commercial semiconductor process, this low-noise amplifier uses current-reuse techniques to achieve high gain from 3 to 5 GHz for UWB applications.
Brian Oakley showcases some of what he feels are the more finer moments of indy rock, hardcore, noise, and an assortmant of bizaar records that shouldn't be played.

In science:

As said above, the input noise is now relevant, and it is equal to shot-noise for a coherent state.
Evaluating quantum teleportation of coherent states
This input noise plus the beam-splitting noise gives again a classical limit equal to twice the shot-noise.
Evaluating quantum teleportation of coherent states
In this section we define the general notion of filtered white noise, determine its combinatorics and study the example of filtered Poisson white noises.
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
With a realistic noise the effects cannot be seen, therefore, the points labelled “low noise” have been evaluated with a noise divided by 104 .
Some sources of systematic errors on CMB polarized measurements with bolometers
Note that diffusion noise is often well-described by a Gaussian white noise.
Trapping of a random walk by diffusing traps