Common Senses: Sonare – 15 Words

sonic

relating to audible sound

Instead, he lets his ears guide him on an adventure to track down quirky, extreme and historically venerated phenomena of our sonic universe.New York Times (Apr 23, 2014)
infrasonic

having frequencies below those of audible sound

These infrasonic sounds can rattle and paralyze prey.Scientific American (Apr 10, 2013)
supersonic

greater than the speed of sound in a given medium

Federal authorities prohibit supersonic flight over the U.S., because sonic booms are annoying.BusinessWeek (Jul 15, 2013)
sonorous

full and loud and deep

His is not a voice that begins at the ankles the way Mr. Sheppard’s seemed to, but it is deep and sonorous enough.New York Times (May 5, 2013)
assonance

the repetition of similar vowels in successive words

The splendid onomatopoeia of “hoary roaring sea” reminds us how well assonance and alliteration work throughout the poem.The Guardian (Jun 25, 2012)
consonance

the property of sounding harmonious

There is a consonance of all things, a blending of all that we know about the material world and the spiritual.Keller, Helen
dissonance

disagreeable sounds

The paintings teeter between order and chaos, harmony and dissonance, beauty and ugliness.New York Times (Apr 3, 2014)
resonance

a relationship of mutual understanding between people

“We listen for emotional resonance. We don’t listen for money in our melodies.”Forbes (May 23, 2014)
sonata

a musical composition of movements of contrasting forms

Many young virtuoso pianists perform the Beethoven sonatas as a demonstration of their musical depth.New York Times (Mar 20, 2014)
unison

the act of occurring together or simultaneously

“Tell us about it,” said 20 hockey teams in unison.Seattle Times (May 17, 2014)
sonogram

image produced by reflections of high-frequency sound waves

Women will be offered the option of hearing the heartbeat and seeing the sonogram image, which they may decline.Reuters (May 19, 2011)
sounding

a measure of the depth of water taken with a sounding line

We must frequently throw out the sounding line into the shifting sea of possibility in order to find secure anchorage.Cumont, Franz
soundproof

insulate against noise

The company converted two closets into quiet rooms with soundproofing material on the walls and shower doors.BusinessWeek (Mar 13, 2014)
resound

ring or echo with sound

The hills resound with the need to be heard.New York Times (Feb 14, 2014)
ultrasound

very high frequency sound; used in ultrasonography

These katydids communicate in ultrasound, a range too high for most ears in the animal world—and therefore most potential predators.Scientific American (Nov 19, 2012)

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