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SONO'ROUS, a. [L. sonorus, from sonus, sound.]

1. Giving sound when struck. Metals are sonorous bodies.

2. Loud sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as a sonorous voice.

3. Yielding sound; as, the vowels are sonorous.

4. High sounding; magnificent of sound. The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and familiarity of the thoughts, has something beautiful and sonorous in the expression.



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SONO'ROUS, a. [L. sonorus, from sonus, sound.]

1. Giving sound when struck. Metals are sonorous bodies.

2. Loud sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as a sonorous voice.

3. Yielding sound; as, the vowels are sonorous.

4. High sounding; magnificent of sound. The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and familiarity of the thoughts, has something beautiful and sonorous in the expression.

SO-NO'ROUS, a. [L. sonorus, from sonus, sound.]

  1. Giving sound when struck. Metals are sonorous bodies.
  2. Loud sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a sonorous voice.
  3. Yielding sound; as, the vowels are sonorous. – Dryden.
  4. High sounding; magnificent of sound. The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and familiarity of the thoughts, has something beautiful and sonorous in the expression. – Addison.

So*no"rous
  1. Giving sound when struck; resonant; as, sonorous metals.
  2. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a sonorous voice.
  3. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; vocal; sonant; as, the vowels are sonorous.
  4. Impressive in sound; high- sounding.

    The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and familiarty of the thoughts, has something beautiful and sonorous in the expression. Addison.

    There is nothing of the artificial Johnsonian balance in his style. It is as often marked by a pregnant brevity as by a sonorous amplitude. E. Everett.

  5. Sonant; vibrant; hence, of sounds produced in a cavity, deep-toned; as, sonorous rhonchi.

    Sonorous figures (Physics), figures formed by the vibrations of a substance capable of emitting a musical tone, as when the bow of a violin is drawn along the edge of a piece of glass or metal on which sand is strewed, and the sand arranges itself in figures according to the musical tone. Called also acoustic figures. -- Sonorous tumor (Med.), a tumor which emits a clear, resonant sound on percussion.

    -- So*no"rous*ly, adv. -- So*no"rous*ness, n.

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Sonorous

SONO'ROUS, adjective [Latin sonorus, from sonus, sound.]

1. Giving sound when struck. Metals are sonorous bodies.

2. Loud sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as a sonorous voice.

3. Yielding sound; as, the vowels are sonorous

4. High sounding; magnificent of sound. The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and familiarity of the thoughts, has something beautiful and sonorous in the expression.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

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