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

  Sonorous \So*no"rous\, a. [L. sonorus, fr. sonor, -oris, a
     sound, akin to sonus a sound. See Sound.]
     1. Giving sound when struck; resonant; as, sonorous metals.
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     2. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a
        sonorous voice.
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     3. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; vocal; sonant; as,
        the vowels are sonorous.
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     4. Impressive in sound; high-sounding.
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              The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and
              familiarty of the thoughts, has something beautiful
              and sonorous in the expression.       --Addison.
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              There is nothing of the artificial Johnsonian
              balance in his style. It is as often marked by a
              pregnant brevity as by a sonorous amplitude. --E.
                                                    Everett.
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     5. (Med.) Sonant; vibrant; hence, of sounds produced in a
        cavity, deep-toned; as, sonorous rhonchi.
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     Sonorous figures (Physics), figures formed by the
        vibrations of a substance capable of emitting a musical
        tone, as when the bow of a violin is drawn along the edge
        of a piece of glass or metal on which sand is strewed, and
        the sand arranges itself in figures according to the
        musical tone. Called also acoustic figures.
  
     Sonorous tumor (Med.), a tumor which emits a clear,
        resonant sound on percussion.
        [1913 Webster] -- So*no"rous*ly, adv. --
        So*no"rous*ness, n.
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