Meaning of NOISE in English


I. ˈnȯiz noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, noise, noisy strife, quarrel, from Latin nausea seasickness, nausea — more at nausea

1. : loud, confused, or senseless shouting or outcry : din or uproar of persons



(1) : sound or a sound that lacks agreeable musical quality or is noticeably loud, harsh, or discordant

noise results from irregular vibrations and produces an unpleasant sound — Henry Melnik

noise represents sounds in which the energy is more or less uniformly distributed over a considerable frequency range without a definite pitch being present — F.E.Terman

(2) : the din or loud persistent incoherent sound that is a feature of most communities or activities

the noise of a rookery

far away from city noise and disorder

b. : any sound that is undesired or that interferes with something to which one is listening (as a hum or the scratching of a needle produced by a sound recording or reproducing system)

c. : an unwanted signal that enters an electronic communication system (as telephone, radio, television) or that is created in it and that tends to interfere with the desired signals

a hissing sound in a telephone receiver, static in a radio receiver, and snow in a television receiver are forms of noise

3. obsolete : general or common talk or discussion : rumor ; especially : evil or slanderous report


a. : sound or a sound that is not regarded as unpleasing or that has a pleasing melodious quality

the tinkling noises of the brook

the noise of heavenly choirs

b. obsolete : a company of musicians

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English noisen, from noise, n.

transitive verb

: to spread by rumor or report — usually used with abroad or about

it was noised about that the troops were to be returned home

a rumor is being noised abroad

intransitive verb

1. : to talk much or loudly

2. : to make a noise or outcry

III. noun

1. : electromagnetic radiation (as light or radio waves) that is composed of several frequencies and that involves random changes in frequency or amplitude

2. : something that attracts attention

Utah makes big noise this year — Ski

the play … will make little noise in the world — Brendan Gill

3. : something spoken or uttered

when he responded, gave him supportive noises: “Outasight” — Judson Jerome

made some encouraging noises about Britain's good standing in Arab eyes — William Hardcastle

4. : irrelevant or meaningless output (as from a computer or instrument) occurring along with desired information

5. : a style of rock music that is loud, often discordant, and usually uses electronic noise (as feedback)

6. : random variation or interference inherent to a system

the seasonal signal … is more than ten times the noise … of interannual variability — S.H.Schneider

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.