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soundless1

[sound-lis] /ˈsaʊnd lɪs/
adjective
1.
without sound; silent; quiet.
Origin of soundless1
1595-1605
1595-1605; sound1 + -less
Related forms
soundlessly, adverb
soundlessness, noun

soundless2

[sound-lis] /ˈsaʊnd lɪs/
adjective
1.
unfathomable; very deep.
Origin
1580-90; sound3 + -less
Related forms
soundlessly, adverb
soundlessness, noun
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Examples from the Web for soundless
Historical Examples
  • Eloquence flowed in soundless chant from heart of master to disciple.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Their approach over the thickly carpeted floor was soundless.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • Thomas did not like this man, with his soundless approaches, his thin nervous fingers, his brilliant roving eyes.

    The Voice in the Fog Harold MacGrath
  • She had turned now and was making for the ladder with the soundless agility of her race.

  • Coming across the soundless turf, he stood for a moment to look at her.

    The Imaginary Marriage Henry St. John Cooper
  • Wyk fired his weapon, but it missed me, a soundless, dimly-white bolt.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • In a yet-sealed compartment, a power system exploded with a great, blinding, soundless flash.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
  • It was a deep, soundless minute, at the end of which my impulse failed.

    The Turn of the Screw Henry James
  • And again the rabbit-like lips shaped themselves into a soundless word, this time 'Father.'

  • But she did not turn at the loving appeal in his soundless voice.

British Dictionary definitions for soundless

soundless1

/ˈsaʊndlɪs/
adjective
1.
extremely still or silent
Derived Forms
soundlessly, adverb
soundlessness, noun

soundless2

/ˈsaʊndlɪs/
adjective
1.
(mainly poetic) extremely deep
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Word Origin and History for soundless
adj.

c.1600 from sound (n.1) + -less. Related: Soundlessly; soundlessness.

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