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Etymology 1

Old English sund.

Adjective

sound (comparative sounder, superlative soundest)

Positive
sound

Comparative
sounder

Superlative
soundest

  1. Healthy.
    He was safe and sound.
  2. Complete, solid, or secure.
    Fred assured me the floorboards were sound.
  3. (UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) Good or a good thing.
    "How are you?" - "I'm sound."
    That's a sound track you're playing.
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Etymology 2

Noun

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Singular
sound

Plural
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sound ({{{1}}})
  1. A sensation perceived by the ear caused by the vibration of air or some other medium. (He turned when he heard the sound of footsteps behind him.)
    Nobody made a sound.
  2. A vibration capable of causing this.
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Verb

Infinitive
to sound

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to sound (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To produce a sound.
    When the horn sounds, be careful.
  2. (intransitive) To convey an impression by one's sound.
    He sounded good when we last spoke.
  3. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To arise or to be recognizable as arising within a particular area of law.
    "[T]here can be no doubt that claims brought pursuant to § 1983 sound in tort."
    -City of Monterey v. Del Monte Dunes at Monterey, Ltd., 526 U.S. 687, 709 (1999).
  4. (transitive) To cause to produce a sound.
    He sounds the instrument.
  5. (phonetics) To pronounce a vowel or a consonant.
    The "e" in "house" isn't sounded.
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Etymology 3

Old English sund

Noun

Singular
sound

Plural
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sound ({{{1}}})
  1. (geography): Long narrow inlet. (Puget Sound, Owen Sound, etc.)
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Etymology 4

Middle English, ultimately from Late Latin subundare

Verb

Infinitive
to sound

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to sound (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive): dive downwards, used of a whale.
    The whale sounded and eight hundred feet of heavy line streaked out of the line tub before he ended his dive.
  2. (transitive): probe
  3. test
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Noun

Singular
sound

Plural
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sound ({{{1}}})
  1. A probe (e.g. a surgeon's tool)
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Etymology 5

most likely from a slighty altered usage of Etymology 1

Adjective

sound (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
sound

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. sound asleep; quietly resting, sleeping peacefully; undisturbed
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