Definition for NOISE

NOISE, n. [noiz; Fr. noise, strife, squabble, dispute; Arm. noes. Class Ns, Ar. 11, Syr. 24, and L. noxa, noxia. Class Ng, No. 23.]

  1. Sound of any kind, or proceeding from any cause, as the sound made by the organs of speech, by the wings of an insect, the rushing of the wind, or the roaring of the sea, of cannon or thunder, a low sound, a high sound, &c.; a word of general signification.
  2. Outcry; clamor; loud, importunate or continued talk expressive of boasting, complaint or quarreling. In quarreling, it expresses less than uproar. What noise have we about transplantation of diseases and transfusion of blood? Baker.
  3. Frequent talk; much public conversation. Socrates lived in Athens during the great plague which has made so much noise in all ages, and never caught the least infection. Spectator.

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