Definition of


  1. (noun, event) sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
    they heard indistinct noises of people talking
    during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels
  2. (noun, cognition) the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience
  3. (noun, event) electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
  4. (noun, communication) a loud outcry of protest or complaint
    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. (noun, attribute) incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks
  6. (noun, attribute) the quality of lacking any predictable order or plan
  7. (verb, perception) emit a noise

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Noise

  1. early 13c., "loud outcry, clamor, shouting," from O.Fr. noise "uproar, brawl" (in modern Fr. only in phrase chercher noise "to pick a quarrel"), apparently from L. nausea "disgust, annoyance, discomfort," lit. "seasickness" (see nausea). Another theory traces the O.Fr. word to L. noxia "hurting, injury, damage." OED considers that "the sense of the w… more

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