Definition of noise in English:

noise

noun

  • 1A sound, especially one that is loud or unpleasant or that causes disturbance:

    ‘making a noise like a pig’
    ‘what's that rustling noise outside the door?’
    • ‘Suddenly, I heard a huge crash, and then a whipping noise come from outside the window.’
    • ‘The family is constantly disturbed by loud noises from the basement.’
    • ‘Before Raine could respond, a roaring noise came from outside.’
    • ‘I winced - in the silence of the night, the noise sounded alarmingly loud.’
    • ‘A squeaking noise at the door made him look that way, swaying, and when he saw the woman shoving the wheelchair into the room he plopped back onto the edge of the bed.’
    • ‘It was a Friday night, and I was sitting at my desk, writing in my diary, when I heard a loud noise issue from outside.’
    • ‘Two seconds later, a loud noise sounded as the chicken bone clattered off of the stone wall and onto the floor.’
    • ‘I put my head out the window, looking for a way in when I heard a noise like a door squeaking.’
    • ‘A heavy and ominous quiet descended on the room, disturbed only by the noise from outside and by Carl who groaned in pain.’
    • ‘She was cut short when we heard a loud noise outside.’
    • ‘Suddenly there was a loud noise as the doors were pushed open.’
    • ‘Evacuating the offices, they heard loud bangs and crashing noises in the loft above their office and raised the alarm.’
    • ‘The sound was followed in rapid succession by three other loud noises, and the breaking of glass.’
    • ‘A loud noise that sounded like the heavy doors opening and then clanging closed again came from behind her.’
    • ‘There were shouts and barks, and shockingly loud noises like branches being snapped right inside his ears.’
    • ‘Russolo scored compositions for noise machines he invented that made loud noises when you rotated a handle.’
    • ‘Science is showing that these booming sounds and other loud noises are harming and even killing marine life.’
    • ‘The two of them walked towards the back and Gianni flung open the door to Vito's room as a loud noise came from outside.’
    • ‘As they sat down to their meal, a loud noise was heard outside.’
    • ‘I heard a loud noise like the sound of a shot from a gun behind me.’
    sound, loud sound, din, hubbub, clamour, racket, uproar, tumult, commotion, pandemonium, clangour
    crash, clatter, clash, babble, shouting, yelling, babel
    bangarang
    hullabaloo
    row
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] A series or combination of loud, confused sounds, especially when causing disturbance:
      ‘she was dazed with the heat and noise’
      ‘vibration and noise from traffic’
      • ‘There have been widespread complaints from neighbours over loud noise and the extra traffic on a narrow country road.’
      • ‘I thrive on chaos, noise, traffic jams, crowds, bazaars and even pollution.’
      • ‘The owner of the car garage, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was parking cars on the land, often disturbing his neighbour with noise and fumes at unsociable hours.’
      • ‘But it was not human noise, and that is rather louder than animal noise.’
      • ‘Late at night and in the early hours of the morning our sleep is disturbed by excessive noise and sometimes violence.’
      • ‘But both pubs have argued that the construction of their buildings would prevent noise escaping and disturbing neighbours.’
      • ‘The door to the office shut out the noise in the hall outside; inside, it was quiet as a tomb.’
      • ‘Licensing bosses have been asked to investigate ways of forcing food outlets to close at the correct time after a series of complaints about noise, nuisance and litter.’
      • ‘Although marred by poor sound due to traffic noise, this featurette marks the unveiling of Harryhausen's star on the Walk of Fame.’
      • ‘An inspector appointed by the Secretary Of State refused the appeal because residents nearby would be disturbed by noise.’
      • ‘They once took their children to places of worship, but the youngsters would just make a lot of noise and disturb the serenity of the atmosphere.’
      • ‘The background music is played at an unobtrusive level and there is little or no traffic noise to disturb you.’
      • ‘The couple claimed they had suffered relentless noise and disturbance from loud music late at night, shouting and screaming, abusive language and banging on the walls.’
      • ‘They will only create noise and confuse the situation.’
      • ‘It is Newman's ability to capture the riots' confusion, noise and incoherence that make the passage so stark yet believable.’
      • ‘They include vibrations from drilling, dust and loud noise.’
      • ‘The poor sound system and noise of the traffic could just be excuses.’
      • ‘They say the venue is inappropriate and raise fears the event will cause suffering to the deer, loud noise and traffic chaos.’
      • ‘Am I the only person disturbed by this non-stop noise?’
      • ‘It was a nightmarish world of pain, confusion, noise and fear.’
      sound, loud sound, din, hubbub, clamour, racket, uproar, tumult, commotion, pandemonium, clangour
      crash, clatter, clash, babble, shouting, yelling, babel
      bangarang
      hullabaloo
      row
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    2. 1.2noises Conventional remarks made to express something:
      ‘the government made tough noises about defending sterling’
      • ‘Again the door opens and there are confused noises, before the ladies retreat back inside.’
      • ‘Though the animals could not understand his words, they heard the derision in his tone and responded with offended noises of their own.’
      • ‘Everyone began making shocked noises and pretended to choke on what they were eating.’
      • ‘It traditionally makes critical noises but usually avoids using its veto power.’
      • ‘This accompanied by noises of exertion, crossness or frustration, emotional or physical as appropriate.’
      • ‘He made the usual noises of protest and sat watching her as she busied herself with the pots.’
      • ‘A group of people sitting on the banks of the Todd start shouting at him and making threatening noises.’
      • ‘Each was born proudly to the table and greeted by compliments and noises of admiration.’
  • 2technical [mass noun] Irregular fluctuations that accompany a transmitted electrical signal but are not part of it and tend to obscure it:

    ‘the enhancer can improve the video signal quality, reducing noise and increasing image sharpness’
    • ‘This can often create a lot of noise, reducing the quality of image obtainable.’
    • ‘GPS receivers don't yet work well indoors where electrical wiring and other noise can interfere with their faint signals.’
    • ‘By intentionally adding noise to the input signal, Fujitsu also succeeded in significantly suppressing output signal noise.’
    • ‘Placing them between the transmitter and the antenna reduces broadband noise and other spurious signals radiated by the transmitter.’
    • ‘It's no use reducing noise while dramatically increasing the risk of doing damage to your hardware.’
    1. 2.1 Random fluctuations that obscure or do not contain meaningful data or other information:
      ‘over half the magnitude of the differences came from noise in the data’
      • ‘The separation was robust against the fluctuation caused by random noise.’
      • ‘Since my vote would be, at best, random, I felt no particular urge to add to the statistical noise of this election cycle.’
      • ‘The effect of noise (unwanted fluctuations accompanying the data) means that we can never exactly replicate our data.’
      • ‘This statistical outlier apparently represented important information rather than noise.’
      • ‘If we turn to constraints that contain random noise, the information content decreases further.’

verb

archaic
  • 1usually be noised about[with object] Talk about or make known publicly:

    ‘you've discovered something that should not be noised about’
    • ‘But now I must ask you not to noise it about to anyone.’
  • 2[no object] Make much noise:

    ‘rook, crow and jackdaw—noising loud’

Phrases

  • make a noise

    • Speak or act in a way designed to attract a lot of attention or publicity:

      ‘he knows how to make a noise and claim police harassment’
      • ‘In the likes of Neil Lennon, Chris Sutton and John Hartson, O'Neill has others who can make a noise on the club's behalf.’
      • ‘Oddly, instead of boldly making a noise about its intentions, unexpected popularity made the Government proceed with caution and too many over-the-shoulder glances.’
      • ‘Rangers will win the league and will make a noise in Europe, too.’
      • ‘It is understandable that he should recognise that it is easier to make a noise and win some superficial public recognition on a celebrity game show than in the Commons.’
      • ‘People, however, also seem to feel a need to make a noise at every opportunity.’
      • ‘They didn't go about slapping people on the back or making a noise.’
      • ‘If they are there to make a noise and get noticed, then Stephen is doing fine.’
      • ‘When I became an MP I was more interested in making a difference than making a noise, I really was.’
      • ‘If you feel that great work by other people is going unrecognised and unrewarded, then make a noise about it.’
      • ‘‘I think this review is just something they've come up with because we've been making a noise,’ said the man, who does not want to be identified.’

Origin

Middle English (also in the sense ‘quarrelling’): from Old French, from Latin nausea seasickness (see nausea).

Pronunciation:

noise

/nɔɪz/