1) N-SING: the N of n The sounding of a bell or a horn is the act of causing it to make a sound.

There were 15 minutes between the first air raid alert and the sounding of the all-clear signal.

2) N-COUNT: usu pl If you take soundings, you try to find out people's opinions on a subject.

She will take soundings of the people's wishes before deciding on a course of action.

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