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General words for sound and qualities of sounds

intensity

noun

the strength of colour, sound, light, or temperature

noise

noun

a sound

pattern

noun

a set of sounds that are repeated regularly, for example in a poem

resonance

noun

a sound that something makes as a result of sound waves from another object

reverberation

noun

a sound that is repeated many times as it hits two opposite surfaces, so that it makes a place seem to shake slightly

sound

noun

something that you can hear

sound

noun

the music, talking, and other noises that come from a radio, television, film etc

sound

noun

the loudness of a radio, television etc

strength

noun

the amount of light, heat, sound etc that comes from something

reediness

noun

scratchiness

noun

screechiness

noun

shrillness

noun

infobesity

the condition of continually consuming large amounts of information, especially when this has a negative effect on a person's well-being and ability to concentrate

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drive-by handshake

a brief handshake that is made without pausing or making eye contact, because you are upset or angry

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