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 for Sounding
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sound \Sound\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sounded; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Sounding.] [F. sonder; cf. AS. sundgyrd a sounding rod,
     sundline a sounding line (see Sound a narrow passage of
     1. To measure the depth of; to fathom; especially, to
        ascertain the depth of by means of a line and plummet.
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     2. Fig.: To ascertain, or try to ascertain, the thoughts,
        motives, and purposes of (a person); to examine; to try;
        to test; to probe.
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              I was in jest,
              And by that offer meant to sound your breast.
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              I've sounded my Numidians man by man. --Addison.
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     3. (Med.) To explore, as the bladder or urethra, with a
        sound; to examine with a sound; also, to examine by
        auscultation or percussion; as, to sound a patient.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sounding \Sound"ing\, a.
     Making or emitting sound; hence, sonorous; as, sounding
     words. --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sounding \Sound"ing\, n.
     1. The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the
        senses of the several verbs).
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     2. (Naut.) [From Sound to fathom.]
        (a) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so
        (b) Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where
            a sounding line will reach the bottom; -- usually in
            the plural.
        (c) The sand, shells, or the like, that are brought up by
            the sounding lead when it has touched bottom.
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     Sounding lead, the plummet at the end of a sounding line.
     Sounding line, a line having a plummet at the end, used in
        making soundings.
     Sounding post (Mus.), a small post in a violin,
        violoncello, or similar instrument, set under the bridge
        as a support, for propagating the sounds to the body of
        the instrument; -- called also sound post.
     Sounding rod (Naut.), a rod used to ascertain the depth of
        water in a ship's hold.
     In soundings, within the eighty-fathom line. --Ham. Nav.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining
             forms; "left their clothes dirty looking"; "a most
             disagreeable looking character"; "angry-looking";
             "liquid-looking"; "severe-looking policemen on noble
             horses"; "fine-sounding phrases"; "taken in by high-
             sounding talk" [syn: looking, sounding]
      2: having volume or deepness; "sounding brass and a tinkling
         cymbal"; "the sounding cataract haunted me like a passion"-
      3: making or having a sound as specified; used as a combining
         form; "harsh-sounding"
      n 1: a measure of the depth of water taken with a sounding line
      2: the act of measuring depth of water (usually with a sounding

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "sounding":
     bathometry, bathymetry, booming, chiming, depth sounding, dinging,
     droning, echo sounding, echoic, echoing, echolocation, fathomage,
     fathoming, growling, jingling, lingering, monotone, monotonic,
     oceanography, pealing, persistent, reboant, rebounding, reechoing,
     repercussive, resounding, reverberant, reverberating,
     reverberatory, ringing, rumbling, sonar, sonation, soniferous,
     sonification, sonorous, sounded, soundings, thundering, tingling,
     tinkling, tintinnabular, tintinnabulary, tintinnabulous, tolling,
     tonal, toneless, undamped, water

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