[noise] n [ME, fr. OF, strife, quarrel, noise, fr. L nausea nausea] (13c) 1: loud, confused, or senseless shouting or outcry
2. a: sound; esp: one that lacks agreeable musical quality or is noticeably unpleasant b: any sound that is undesired or interferes with one's hearing of something c: an unwanted signal or a disturbance (as static or a variation of voltage) in an electronic device or instrument (as radio or television); broadly: a disturbance interfering with the operation of a usu. mechanical device or system d: electromagnetic radiation (as light or radio waves) that is composed of several frequencies and that involves random changes in frequency or amplitude e: irrelevant or meaningless data or output occurring along with desired information
3: common talk: rumor; esp: slander
4: something that attracts attention "the play ... will make little ~ in the world --Brendan Gill"
5: something spoken or uttered -- noise.less adj -- noise.less.ly adv
noise vb noised ; nois.ing vi (14c) 1: to talk much or loudly
2: to make a noise ~ vt: to spread by rumor or report--usu. used with about or abroad "the scandal was quickly noised about"