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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.
2. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a
3. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; vocal; sonant; as,
the vowels are sonorous.
4. Impressive in sound; high-sounding.
The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and
familiarty of the thoughts, has something beautiful
and sonorous in the expression. --Addison.
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.
5. (Med.) Sonant; vibrant; hence, of sounds produced in a
cavity, deep-toned; as, sonorous rhonchi.
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. --
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: full and loud and deep; "heavy sounds"; "a herald chosen
for his sonorous voice" [syn: heavy, sonorous]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
143 Moby Thesaurus words for "sonorous":
Gongoresque, Johnsonian, achingly sweet, affected, agreeable,
agreeable-sounding, appealing, ariose, arioso, aureate, bedizened,
big-sounding, bombastic, booming, canorous, cantabile, catchy,
clangorous, clattery, consonant, convoluted, deafening,
declamatory, droning, dulcet, ear-piercing, ear-rending,
ear-splitting, earthshaking, elevated, euphonic, euphonious,
euphonous, euphuistic, fine-toned, flamboyant, flaming, flashy,
flaunting, flowery, forte, fortissimo, full, fulsome, garish,
gaudy, golden, golden-tongued, golden-voiced, grandiloquent,
grandiose, grandisonant, high-flowing, high-flown, high-flying,
high-sounding, highfalutin, honeyed, inkhorn, labyrinthine,
lexiphanic, lofty, loud, loud-sounding, loudish, lurid,
magniloquent, melic, mellifluent, mellifluous, mellisonant, mellow,
melodic, melodious, meretricious, monotone, monotonic,
music-flowing, music-like, musical, noiseful, oratorical, orotund,
ostentatious, overblown, overdone, overelaborate, overinvolved,
overwrought, pealing, pedantic, piercing, plangent, pleasant,
pleasant-sounding, pompous, pretentious, pulsing, rackety,
resonant, resonating, resounding, rhetorical, rich, ringing,
rolling, rotund, round, sensational, sensationalistic, sententious,
showy, silver-toned, silver-tongued, silver-voiced, silvery,
singable, songful, songlike, soniferous, sounded, sounding,
stentoraphonic, stentorian, stentorious, stilted, sweet,
sweet-flowing, sweet-sounding, tall, throbbing, thunderous, tonal,
toneless, tonitruant, tonitruous, tortuous, tunable, tuneful,
uproarious, vibrant, vibrating, window-rattling
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