Word forms: soundings
1. singular noun The sounding of a bell or a horn is the act of causing it to make a sound. ⇒ There were 15 minutes between the first air raid alert and the sounding of the all-clear signal. 2. countable noun [usu pl] If you take soundings, you try to find out people's opinions on a subject. [+ of] ⇒ She will take soundings of the people's wishes before deciding on a course of action.
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