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sound·ing1 / ˈsounding/ • n. the action or process of measuring the depth of the sea or other body of water. ∎  a measurement taken by sounding. ∎  the determination of any physical property at a depth in the sea or at a height in the atmosphere. ∎  (soundings) fig. information or evidence ascertained as a preliminary step before deciding on a course of action: he's been taking soundings about the possibility of moving his offices. ∎  (soundings) archaic the area of sea close to the shore that is shallow enough for the bottom to be reached by means of a sounding line. sound·ing2 • adj. archaic giving forth sound, esp. loud or resonant sound: he went in with a sounding plunge. ∎  having an imposing sound but little substance: the orator has been apt to deal in sounding commonplaces.

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