- noise1 W2S2 [nɔız] n[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: 'quarreling, noise', from Latin nausea; NAUSEA]1.) [U and C]a sound, especially one that is loud, unpleasant, or frightening= ↑sound▪ What's that noise?noise of▪ the noise of the traffic▪ Try not to make a noise when you go upstairs.gurgling/banging/crackling etc noise▪ There was a strange whistling noise in his ears.▪ There was a lot of noise outside.▪ Noise levels have been reduced by 20%.traffic/engine/background etc noise▪ the problem of aircraft noise near airports2.) (make) encouraging/optimistic etc noises (about sth)BrE to say things which suggest what your opinion or attitude is, without saying it directly▪ Both sides were making hopeful noises about the hostages.3.) make (all) the right noises (about sth)to say the things that other people want or expect to hear▪ The health minister seems to be making all the right noises.4.) make noises about doing sthto say that you are considering doing something▪ He is now making noises about starting his own business.5.) make a (lot of) noise about sthBrE to talk about something a lot, so that people will notice it - used in order to show disapproval▪ modern men who make a noise about the fact that they know how to look good6.) [U] technicalunwanted signals produced by an electrical ↑circuit7.) [U] technicalpieces of unwanted information that can prevent a computer from working effectively8.) noises offthe sounds, voices etc that come from actors who are not on the stage at the timenoise 2noise2 vbe noised abroad/about/aroundold-fashioned especially BrE if news or information is noised abroad, people are talking about it▪ Rumours of an election are being noised abroad.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.