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These nouns refer to loud, confused, or disagreeable sounds. Noise is the least specific: deafened by the noise in the subway. A din is a jumble of loud, usually discordant sounds: the din of the factory. Racket is loud, distressing noise: the racket made by trucks rolling along cobblestone streets. Uproar, pandemonium, and hullabaloo imply disorderly tumult together with loud, bewildering sound: "The evening uproar of the howling monkeys burst out" (W.H. Hudson); "a pandemonium of dancing and whooping, drumming and feasting" (Francis Parkman); a tremendous hullabaloo in the agitated crowd. Hubbub emphasizes turbulent activity and concomitant din: the hubbub of bettors, speculators, and tipsters. Clamor is loud, sustained noise, as of a public outcry of dissatisfaction: "not in the clamor of the crowded street" (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow); a debate that was interrupted by a clamor of opposition.
n., v. noised, nois•ing. n.
See Also: IRRITABLENESS
- Applause … like pebbles being rattled in a tin —Francis King
- Blare, like the clearing of a monstrous throat —Richard Wilbur
- (The crowd laughing and) boo-boo-booming like frogs in a barbershop quartet —Ken Kesey
- Boomed like a split trombone —O. Henry
- Boom like a military band —W. H. Auden
- A branch creaked … like someone turning over in bed —Jonathan Valin
- Broke into a long roar like the falling of the walls of Jericho —Katherine Anne Porter
- (The house-phone … ) buzzed like an angry hornet —Cornell Woolrich
- Cawing like a rook —Dame Edith Sitwell
- [A dog’s teeth] chattered like barbers’ scissors —Frank Conroy
- Clanged like fifty fire-engines —Herman Melville
- Clanging [noise of truck backing out of driveway] like a half-dozen cowbells —Carolyn Chute
- (Brake drums) clapped like cymbals —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Click like the snapping of a picture with an old box camera —W. P. Kinsella
- A clopping sound … stung Lavinia’s nerves like a box on the ears —L. P. Hartley
- Creaked like a saddle when he shifted —Wallace Stegner
- Creak like a rusty engine —Franz Werfel
- A dissonant chord, as if somebody stepped on a cat —George Garrett
- Door slam … like the crack of a bat when the opposition has hit a homerun to beat the Mariners in the bottom of the ninth —Tom Robbins
- (The phone’s) dull ring … like marbles rolling across a sheet of tin —Jean Thompson
- Emitting throaty, explosive sounds like someone about to spit in someone else’s face —Natascha Wodin
- Fitful, hacking noise, like a dog coughing up a bone —William Styron
- Footsteps echoing like gunfire in a well —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Growling away like an old mastiff with a sore throat —Charles Dickens
- Growling like a fox in a trap —William Diehl
- (Water) gulped and hissed like a dozen Jacuzzis —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Heels ticking on the parquet floor like the clock of a time bomb —Margaret Millar
- Her steps … made tiny, sharp pecky sounds, kind of like Mother drumming on the edge of the dinner table when Father tried to promote himself a second piece of pie —Raymond Chandler
- The hinges and springs [of a door] screech like a woman with a hand over her mouth —Robert Campbell
- Hissed like an adder —John D. MacDonald
- (Tires) hissed like death —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- (The sea) hissed like twenty thousand kettles —Joseph Conrad
- Hisses and crackles like a doused campfire —Kate Wheeler
- Hissing noise [as of crackling tissue paper] … was like a nail on glass to my nerves —Cornell Woolrich
- Hum, like a devout crowd on its knees —Margaret Atwood
- Like a log fire, the typewriter crackled —Delmore Schwartz
If Delmore Schwartz were alive and keeping a diary today, instead of in 1944 when this entry was made, the crackling might well be from a computer keyboard instead of a typewriter.
- (A beehive as) loud as an airfield —Maxine Kumin
- Loud as gunfire —Reynolds Price
- Loud as the last call of God —Harold Adams
- A loud cracking sound, like a frozen river breaking up in spring —Andrew Kaplan
- Loud … like a gun going off —Edith Wharton
- Made a sound [in response to being kicked] like a sick cat —Loren D. Estleman
- (A printer that) makes noise like a mad elephant —Edward Mendelson, reviewing computer products in Yale Review, 1985
- Murmur like bees —Dame Edith Sitwell
- (Through the audience went) a murmur, like the rustle of dead leaves —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- The noise cracked like a whip in the still room —Margaret Mitchell
The noise Mitchell likened to the crack of a whip was made by Scarlett O’Hara when she slapped Ashley Wilkes’ face in the famous scene from Gone With the Wind when he rejects her declaration of love.
- Noise dwindling like a cut-back motor —Rosellen Brown
- The noise level was deafening … like some hideous unrelenting tape-loop of trains having sex —Ben Hamper in article on changes at GM, Mother Jones, September, 1986
- Noises rise and are lost in the air like balloons —Albert Camus
- Noise [of continuous lightning] that sometimes burst like metal fireworks —Marguerite Duras
- (The city by day was as) noisy and busy as a pack of children —Sinclair Lewis
See Also: BUSYNESS
- (She would be as) noisy as a child at a playground —Helen Hudson
- Noisy as a living skeleton having a fit on a hardwood floor —Leonard Washborn, reporting on 1880s baseball game for Interocean newspaper
- Noisy as squirrels mating on a rooftop —Elyse Sommer
- Noisy as the stock exchange —Augustine Bire
- An occasional buzz [interrupting the silence] like an unheeded alarm clock —William Humphrey
- Popping sounds, like hands clapped sharply together —W. P. Kinsella
- [A typewriter] purrs like a seductive housecat —Tom Robbins
- Rattling like a gong —Cynthia Ozick
- Raucus whoop of children, spiteful and cruel like the sound of a lynch mob —Amos Oz
- Resounded like a gigantic trumpet —Emile Zola
- Ring like bells of glass —Elinor Wylie
- Rowdy as gulls —Marge Piercy
- Rumble … like a monster growl —Susan Minot
- (The fiddle) screeched like a thing in pain —Elizabeth Bowen
- Screeching with a noise like a buzz saw cutting through a knot —William Humphrey
- Screech, like a car shifting gears on a dangerous uphill road —Yehuda Amichai
- Sickening screech [of ripping metal] … like the scream of a wounded beast —Richard Moran
- Slammed the door after him like a six-gun salute —Cornell Woolrich
- The slamming of the door sounded like the last crack of doom —Jimmy Sangster
Sangster’s comparison begins the prologue to his mystery novel, private i, with a literal and figurative bang.
- Snorted like a horse —Geoffrey Chaucer
- The sound … filled the eardrums like wax —Wyatt Blassingame
- Sound … it seemed to fill the vast room as breath fills a toy balloon —Frank Trippett
- Sound like rhinos crashing into trees —Pauline Kael
- The sounds [of the city] broke over her like a wave —Marguerite Yourcenar
- Sounds came to me dully, as if people were speaking through their handkerchiefs or with their hands over their mouths —Maya Angelou
- Sounds faded to a muffled warble, like a stream over pebbles —Curt Leviant
- Sounds … grated and rumbled like a subway train —Norman Mailer
- Sounds … hurt his ear like the thrust of a knife —Ambrose Bierce
- The sound was hollow like the hammer on a coconut —Carson McCullers
- The [baseball] stands sounded like a gigantic drawerful of voices that had suddenly been pulled open —Bernard Malamud
- Static crackled along the line, like popcorn popping —William Diehl
- The steady drone of the crowd, like bees humming —Anon
- A steady murmur like the crowd noises made in a movie —Frank Conroy
- Tapping and ticking like nervous fingers —Sylvia Plath
- A thin plaintive sound, like a starved cat —Raymond Chandler
- The thud of her heart in her ears like wet dirt slapped with a spade —Reynolds Price
- Ticking [of clock] … sounds like a convict rhythmically pounding a rock —W. P. Kinsella
- Twitter like bats —Angela Carter
- Whirring, like the buzz of a giant wasp —Eddie Cohen
- A whoop woke me up … as if I’d been prodded by a cattle rod —W. P. Kinsella
A sound is something that you can hear. A noise is an unpleasant or unexpected sound. You say that machinery makes a noise. People and animals can also make noises.
Sound and noise can both be uncountable nouns.
Sound is the general term for what you hear as a result of vibrations travelling through the air, water, etc.
When you use sound with this meaning, don't say 'the sound'.
Don't use expressions such as 'much' or 'a lot of' with sound. Don't say, for example, 'There was a lot of sound'. Say 'There was a lot of noise'.
Past participle: noised
|Noun||1.||noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"|
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
banging - a continuing very loud noise
bark - a noise resembling the bark of a dog
chug - the dull explosive noise made by an engine
clang, clangor, clangoring, clangour, clank, clash, crash - a loud resonant repeating noise; "he could hear the clang of distant bells"
clatter - a rattling noise (often produced by rapid movement); "the shutters clattered against the house"; "the clatter of iron wheels on cobblestones"
cracking, crack, snap - a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig"
crunch - the sound of something crunching; "he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path"
ding-dong - the noise made by a bell
explosion - the noise caused by an explosion; "the explosion was heard a mile away"
grate - a harsh rasping sound made by scraping something
grinding - a harsh and strident sound (as of the grinding of gears)
fizzle, hiss, hissing, hushing, sibilation - a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval); "the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience"
howl - a loud sustained noise resembling the cry of a hound; "the howl of the wind made him restless"
pant - the noise made by a short puff of steam (as from an engine)
plonk - the noise of something dropping (as into liquid)
plop - the noise of a rounded object dropping into a liquid without a splash
plump - the sound of a sudden heavy fall
racket - a loud and disturbing noise
rale, rattle, rattling - a rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders); "the death rattle"
report - a sharp explosive sound (especially the sound of a gun firing); "they heard a violent report followed by silence"
rhonchus - a sound like whistling or snoring that is heard with a stethoscope during expiration as air passes through obstructed channels
grumble, grumbling, rumble, rumbling - a loud low dull continuous noise; "they heard the rumbling of thunder"
rustle, whispering, rustling, whisper - a light noise, like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind
scrape, scratching, scraping, scratch - a harsh noise made by scraping; "the scrape of violin bows distracted her"
screech, screeching, shriek, shrieking, scream, screaming - a high-pitched noise resembling a human cry; "he ducked at the screechings of shells"; "he heard the scream of the brakes"
scrunch - a crunching noise
shrilling - a continuing shrill noise; "the clash of swords and the shrilling of trumpets"--P. J. Searles
sizzle - a sizzling noise
slam - the noise made by the forceful impact of two objects
snap - the noise produced by the rapid movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand; "servants appeared at the snap of his fingers"
snore - the rattling noise produced when snoring
spatter, spattering, splatter, splattering, splutter, sputter, sputtering - the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively; "he heard a spatter of gunfire"
|2.||noise - the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience; "modern music is just noise to me"|
|3.||noise - electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication|
clutter - unwanted echoes that interfere with the observation of signals on a radar screen
trouble - an event causing distress or pain; "what is the trouble?"; "heart trouble"
background signal, background - extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured; "they got a bad connection and could hardly hear one another over the background signals"
fadeout - a gradual temporary loss of a transmitted signal due to electrical disturbances
jitter - small rapid variations in a waveform resulting from fluctuations in the voltage supply or mechanical vibrations or other sources
atmospheric static, atmospherics, static - a crackling or hissing noise caused by electrical interference
white noise - a noise produced by a stimulus containing all of the audible frequencies of vibration; "white noise is a good masking agent"
|4.||noise - a loud outcry of protest or complaint; "the announcement of the election recount caused a lot of noise"; "whatever it was he didn't like it and he was going to let them know by making as loud a noise as he could"|
|5.||noise - incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks; "all the noise in his speech concealed the fact that he didn't have anything to say"|
incomprehensibility - the quality of being incomprehensible
|6.||noise - the quality of lacking any predictable order or plan|
ergodicity - an attribute of stochastic systems; generally, a system that tends in probability to a limiting form that is independent of the initial conditions
|Verb||1.||noise - emit a noise |
sizzle - make a sound like frying fat
roar, howl - make a loud noise, as of wind, water, or vehicles; "The wind was howling in the trees"; "The water roared down the chute"
hum - make a low continuous sound; "The refrigerator is humming"
crunch, scranch, scraunch, crackle - make a crushing noise; "his shoes were crunching on the gravel"
creak, screak, screech, skreak, squeak, whine - make a high-pitched, screeching noise; "The door creaked when I opened it slowly"; "My car engine makes a whining noise"
racket - make loud and annoying noises
clitter, stridulate - make a shrill creaking noise by rubbing together special bodily structures; "male insects such as crickets or grasshoppers stridulate"
drown out - make imperceptible; "The noise from the ice machine drowned out the music"
jangle, jingle, jingle-jangle - make a sound typical of metallic objects; "The keys were jingling in his pocket"
scream - make a loud, piercing sound; "Fighter planes are screaming through the skies"
backfire - emit a loud noise as a result of undergoing a backfire; "My old car backfires all the time"
ring out - sound loudly; "a shot rang out"
she jumps at the slightest noise → el menor ruido la hace sobresaltarse
I heard a scuffling noise → oí el ruido de algo que correteaba
I heard a creaking noise → oí un ruido chirriante
he was making choking noises in his throat → hacía ruidos con la garganta como si se estuviera ahogando
see also background B
he hates noise → odia el ruido
stop that noise! → ¡deja de hacer ese ruido!
to make a noise → hacer ruido
tell them not to make any noise → diles que no hagan ruido
they made a lot of noise about it → protestaron mucho por ello
she made noises about wanting to go home early → quería irse pronto a casa y estuvo soltando indirectas
she showed polite interest and made all the right noises → se mostró interesada y cortés y dijo todo lo correcto
I just made sympathetic noises and said what a shame it was → me limité a mostrarme comprensiva y dije que era una lástima
we don't want it noised abroad → no queremos que se corra la voz
noise[nɔɪz] n (sound) → rumore m; (din) → rumore, chiasso, fracasso (Telec, Radio, TV) → disturbo, interferenza
to make a noise → fare un rumore
stop making a noise! → smettila di far rumore!
my wife's making noises about starting a family → mia moglie sembra farmi capire che vuole avere un bambino
a big noise (fam) (person) → un pezzo grosso