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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
big noise
noise pollution
noise/pollution levels
▪ Noise levels are unacceptably high.
traffic noise
▪ You get a lot of traffic noise living here.
white noise
▪ A big noise in the record industry, whatever that Cornelius stuffed things into his suitcase.
▪ I know you must be so mad that you have this scary feeling from the big noise of the thunder.
▪ Then he can be a big noise over there.
▪ He's a big noise now; at least he imagines he is.
▪ He waited until she had closed the door then went back up, making as little noise as possible.
▪ The river made a little noise, a kind of quiet hum in the background.
▪ There was a little cracking noise, and the man keeled over backwards. ` Hup!
▪ The first billy goat makes just a little noise and has a tiny voice.
▪ There was very little noise really.
▪ There was little noise from outside the windows and we appeared cut off from the city and from civilian life in general.
▪ Or was that just the after-effect of mysterious little noises in the night?
▪ The most successful breeders raise their birds away from roads and urban areas, where there is little noise or air pollution.
▪ The rain made a loud noise on the window.
▪ Just how loud noise damages hearing is not exactly understood.
▪ She dreamed of loud noises and flashing lights.
▪ Before she could get in another word, a loud noise suddenly exploded from within the house.
▪ You are suddenly awoken by a loud noise.
▪ As the tree burned, it sighed at what happiness it had ignored, and each sigh made a loud popping noise.
▪ Babies are weak and vulnerable in the face of huge shapes and loud noises that they can only dimly perceive.
▪ One time he had his agent try to make loud noises in the background.
▪ It was a curious, low quivering noise.
▪ The area utilized to conduct this type of research and evaluation must have a low radio noise interference level.
▪ The pickup features an exclusive transducer that Guild claim offers advanced sensitivity and dynamic range as well as low noise levels.
▪ This movement does not affect parallel tracking of the wheels but results in lower noise levels and reduced vibration.
▪ They heard a low, booming noise.
▪ And, as a result, giving it better driving stability, reduced fuel consumption and lower noise levels.
▪ There was a strange singing noise in his ears.
▪ But is that worse than strange noises in the bedroom closet?
▪ Then the baby began to make strange noises, and Alice looked into its face again.
▪ There were a lot of strange noises like the sound of the refrigerator unit going on and off in the trailer.
▪ Some strange noises came from one of the children and Asik thought he must have been in pain.
▪ Nor had she lost her nerve, as evidenced by her conduct one night when Marian heard a strange noise.
▪ The strange metallic noises continued at intervals, whenever he was in a position to hear them.
▪ There was a strange rasping noise coming from over the next rise.
▪ Yet the hostility of takeovers is a distraction, a sort of white noise.
▪ The fans whir in the background, filling the locker room with white noise.
▪ Safe noise. White noise is as safe as a lullaby.
▪ I lifted the receiver with caution, listening for the white noise of a long-distance connection.
▪ A soft whir of white noise issued from a receiver and speakers near the operating table.
▪ When the waves are big, it can be deafening, a low-level white noise.
▪ It sounded like Klaus Richter, although there was a lot of background noise.
▪ Later it may possibly be used in ordinary conversation, but again quiet circumstances avoid interference from the background noise.
▪ Repetitive stimuli are relegated to background noise and, like the ticking of that clock, are not heard until they stop.
▪ If under-modulated, there will be a lot of background noise and weak results.
▪ The physical effort required in speaking would also be less than against a background noise of heavy traffic.
▪ For speech recognition the principal operational difficulty to be faced is the interference to the acoustic signal from background noise.
▪ He noticed the change of pitch in the engine noise and the slight tilt of the aircraft as it began its descent.
▪ I yelled over the engine noise of the old Dodge van.
▪ Richmann tensed as the approaching engine noise reached a peak.
▪ For perhaps half a minute we strained to identify the source of the engine noise.
▪ This was done and almost immediately we noticed increased engine noise.
▪ The engine noise rose, the chocks were pulled.
▪ The dark of the tunnel hammered the engine noise back at us, water drumming on the roof above my head.
▪ If possible, run the engine, checking for excessive exhaust smoke and engine noise.
▪ Where it should have tried harder, however, is with taming mechanical noise levels.
▪ Although children under 3 can enjoy many of the activities, they might be frightened by the noise level.
▪ The pickup features an exclusive transducer that Guild claim offers advanced sensitivity and dynamic range as well as low noise levels.
▪ I mean nada, zilch, noise level, off the screen, under the radar.
▪ When most or all of the team were present, noise levels and constant interruptions effectively frustrated work which needed sustained thinking.
▪ The noise level was high in both languages; all faces were deadly serious.
▪ In general, the controls are well-positioned and maximum noise level is 79dBA.
▪ The fact that the pot is wired in reverse should have no effect on noise levels.
▪ Our survey revealed a noise pollution impact on the community that is not imagined.
▪ Or the ear which shouts, about noise pollution.
▪ All great fun for the flyer but not for those inclined to complain about noise pollution.
▪ The light was much clearer in this room now. Traffic noise had swollen into the full cancer of morning rush-hour.
▪ Win could hear traffic noises, excited air.
▪ The youngsters learn that there is nothing to fear and, after a time, they also totally ignore the traffic noise.
Traffic starts to build about six, and so does the traffic noise.
▪ It also reduces a certain amount of heat loss, as well as cutting down traffic noise.
▪ It was incredibly quiet, with distant traffic noise making it seem even quieter.
▪ It must be nearly dawn, for there are more traffic noises breaking into the darkness outside.
▪ Mrs. Mott had complained of the noise they made going to and fro.
▪ They have complained about the noise and mess caused by builders working on apartments for the elderly.
▪ This will also go a long way towards preventing your neighbour complaining about the noise you make.
▪ All great fun for the flyer but not for those inclined to complain about noise pollution.
▪ Residents nearby have complained about noise and disturbance late at night.
▪ These results led the authors to assume that patients were unwilling to complain about noise levels.
▪ Large numbers of turbines create noise as well as electricity, so there's often resistance to wind farms from local residents.
▪ He always had to make his appearance felt immediately by creating a lot of noise and clatter.
▪ Because of its low thermal capacity, large amounts must be used, which creates a problem of noise.
▪ The noises you heard - the explosive noises - were the acoustic effects of a second Darkfall strike.
▪ On hearing a noise, he and Barnabas sat straight up, seeing only a silhouette in the doorway.
▪ In the distance they heard the noise of the horn.
▪ Turn out the lights, they hear rustling noises downstairs: a gang of cauliflower trying the back door.
▪ As she heard the noise of the front door slamming she awoke with a feeling of relief.
▪ McMurphy says, and I barely can hear him over the noise of the phone wires whistling in the walls.
▪ Beyond the soft sounds of the garden he could just hear the noise of London.
▪ Every time she heard the slightest noise, she found herself glancing towards the archway.
▪ The old man seems just to be listening to the noise.
▪ I lifted the receiver with caution, listening for the white noise of a long-distance connection.
▪ Engage forward and reverse gears and shunt backwards and forwards, listening for unusual transmission noises.
▪ And that we have an obligation to listen to noise because it shows us the grim truth of reality.
▪ Look at everything around you; be aware of the weather; listen to any noises which you might hear.
▪ I stand without breathing, listening to line noise.
▪ Worrying about, concentrating on and listening to the head noises will make them seem even more prominent and dominating.
▪ While he was toasting it and putting butter on it, Conradin listened to the noises beyond the dining-room door.
▪ Her mouth makes noises and I interpret.
▪ Show the students the balloons and ask them how you can make a noise using a balloon. 2.
▪ There was some clicking, and then the muffled sound of a human voice making its usual incomprehensible noises.
▪ Finally he made a noise, and Maritza turned around, uttered a little cry of thanks, and took the tissue.
▪ The government sponsored Meadowell Initiative makes noises in the north of the estate - but does pitifully little, painfully slowly.
▪ At this point I made reluctant noises of approval: there seemed nothing else to do.
▪ Well, maybe they do, but making any old noises is clearly not sufficient to enter the rationality stakes.
▪ The other tenants say the church makes too much noise.
▪ To reduce outgoing noise from circuits, designers softened the sharp, nearly-square signals emitted by microprocessors used in Foxboro's equipment.
▪ How can I reduce that noise?
▪ Clip them securely to the joists and to the cistern platform; this will also reduce noise from the system.
▪ Auditory information in the form of one language enters the system and is filtered to reduce environmental noise.
▪ Heavy materials like brick and stone do not vibrate easily, and therefore soon reduce noise.
▪ Read in studio People living near the M40 are demanding action to reduce noise created by the motorway.
▪ The meeting comes on a day when the roads minister announced improvements to reduce noise impact.
▪ What methods can be used to eliminate or reduce noise? 5.
▪ Isabel Lavender opened her bedroom door and shouted above the noise of the vacuum cleaner.
▪ Each stage proceeds simultaneously, accompanied by a continuous torrent of shouting above the noise of the pumps and other machinery.
▪ He tries to shout but makes no noise.
▪ He heard voices shouting and then scuffling noises.
▪ They left, then, to be able to talk without having to shout over the noise.
▪ Are you sure you locked the door? I thought I heard a noise downstairs.
▪ Can you hear that funny scratching noise?
▪ Do you have to make so much noise?
▪ The noise of the machines made it hard to talk.
▪ The noise of the traffic kept me awake all night.
▪ the noise of the traffic
▪ There was a loud cracking noise and then the chair collapsed.
▪ Traffic noise is a problem in inner-city areas.
▪ What was that clunking noise?
▪ Why are the children making so much noise out there?
▪ A speeding motor boat sliced the waters with the grating noise of a buzz saw.
▪ As we slowed down, his noise speeded up, as did his frantic hopping movements, signifying even greater disapproval.
▪ The river made a little noise, a kind of quiet hum in the background.
▪ The wood panelling obviously deadened any noise from outside.
▪ Their noise would have undoubtedly caused enormous damage to the sensitive hearing of marine mammals.
▪ These phenomena show up as excess noise, distortion and reduced tube life.
▪ Tonight's contribution is awesome in the decibels of that noise.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

background \back"ground`\, n. [Back, a. + ground.]

  1. Ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front.

  2. (Paint.) The space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures.

    Note: The distance in a picture is usually divided into foreground, middle distance, and background.

  3. Anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings.

  4. A place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight.

    I fancy there was a background of grinding and waiting before Miss Torry could produce this highly finished . . . performance.
    --Mrs. Alexander.

    A husband somewhere in the background.

  5. The set of conditions within which an action takes place, including the social and physical conditions as well as the psychological states of the participants; as, within the background of the massive budget deficits of the 1980's, new spending programs had little chance of passage by the congress.

  6. The set of conditions that precede and affect an action, such as the social and historical precedents for the event, as well as the general background[5]; as, against the background of their expulsion by the Serbs, the desire of Kosovars for vengeance is understandable though regrettable.

  7. (Science) The signals that may be detected by a measurement which are not due to the phenomenon being studied, and tend to make the measurement uncertain to a greater or lesser degree. Specifically: (Physics) Electronic noise present in a system using electronic measuring instrument or in a telecommunications system, which may hide and which must be differentiated from the desired signal; also called background noise or noise.

  8. (Journalism) An agreement between a journalist and an interviewee that the name of the interviewee will not be quoted in any publication, although the substance of the remarks may be reported; -- often used in the phrase ``on background''. Compare deep background.

    To place in the background, to make of little consequence.

    To keep in the background, to remain unobtrusive, inconspicuous or out of sight; -- of people.

    deep background, (Journalism) the status of an interview which must not be quoted in a publication, even without attribution. Compare background[8].

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., "loud outcry, clamor, shouting," from Old French noise "din, disturbance, uproar, brawl" (11c., in modern French only in phrase chercher noise "to pick a quarrel"), also "rumor, report, news," apparently from Latin nausea "disgust, annoyance, discomfort," literally "seasickness" (see nausea).\n

\nAnother theory traces the Old French word to Latin noxia "hurting, injury, damage." OED considers that "the sense of the word is against both suggestions," but nausea could have developed a sense in Vulgar Latin of "unpleasant situation, noise, quarrel" (compare Old Provençal nauza "noise, quarrel"). Meaning "loud or unpleasant sound" is from c.1300. Replaced native gedyn (see din).


late 14c., "to praise; to talk loudly about," from noise (n.). Related: Noised; noising.


n. Various sounds, usually unwanted. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To make a noise; to sound. 2 (context transitive English) To spread news of; to spread as rumor or gossip.


v. emit a noise [syn: make noise, resound]

  1. n. sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"

  2. the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience; "modern music is just noise to me" [syn: dissonance, racket]

  3. electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication [syn: interference, disturbance]

  4. a loud outcry of protest or complaint; "the announcement of the election recount caused a lot of noise"; "whatever it was he didn't like it and he was going to let them know by making as loud a noise as he could"

  5. incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks; "all the noise in his speech concealed the fact that he didn't have anything to say"

  6. the quality of lacking any predictable order or plan [syn: randomness, haphazardness, stochasticity]


is a one volume manga created by Tsutomu Nihei as a prequel to his ten-volume work, Blame!. Noise offers some information concerning the Megastructure's origins and initial size, as well as the origins of Silicon life. The book also includes Blame, a one-shot prototype for Blame!, which originally debuted in 1995.

Noise (acoustic)

Acoustic noise is any sound in the acoustic domain, either deliberate (music, speech, etc.) or unintended. It is important to recognise that the term "noise" is also used to refer to other, non-audible forms, especially in electronics and in the radio/radar spectrum.

Noise (Archive album)

Noise is the fourth album of the London-based trip hop band Archive.

Noise (2007 Australian film)

Noise is a 2007 Australian drama-thriller film written and directed by director Matthew Saville. The film stars Brendan Cowell, Henry Nixon, Luke Elliot, Katie Wall, Maia Thomas and Nicholas Bell.

Noise (disambiguation)

Noise is a variety of sound, usually meaning any unwanted sound.

Noise may also refer to:

Noise (company)

is a video game development company that works in partnership with Nintendo, developing games for the Custom Robo series.

Noise (economic)

Economic noise, or simply noise, describes a theory of pricing developed by Fischer Black. Black describes noise as the opposite of information: hype, inaccurate ideas, and inaccurate data. His theory states that noise is everywhere in the economy and we can rarely tell the difference between it and information.

Noise has two broad implications.

  • It allows speculative trading to occur (see below).
  • It is indicative of market inefficiency.

Loudon and Della Bitta (1988) refer to noise as “a type of disruption in the communication process” and go further stating that "each state of the communication process is susceptible to (this) message distortion." (As cited in Wu & Newell, 2003). Therefore we can say that noise is a distruption withing the communication process and can be found in all forms within the communication process.

Some examples of noise could be distortion of a television advertisement or interference of a radio broadcast. This therefore would mean that your reception of the information could be misunderstood as your reception of the information has been interfered with, meaning you may not receive the message in the way the sender is implying. Another, and probably more likely, example of noise is whilst an ad break is occurring on television, the reception of the ad has been interrupted by your mobile phone, meaning you do not fully and clearly receive and decode the information the advertisement is trying to deliver.

What also must be considered when looking at the idea of noise is the understanding that the more the sender and receiver have in common, the less likely it will be for noise to have an effect on the encoding of the message. For example if the receiver did not understand a symbol or the symbol had a different meaning to the receiver then it did to the sender, this would mean the receiver could encode the message in a different way to how the sender had intended.

Noise (video)

Noise, in analog video and television, is a random dot pixel pattern of static displayed when no transmission signal is obtained by the antenna receiver of television sets and other display devices. The random pattern superimposed on the picture, visible as a random flicker of "dots" or "snow", is the result of electronic noise and radiated electromagnetic noise accidentally picked up by the antenna. This effect is most commonly seen with analog TV sets or blank VHS tapes.

There are many sources of electromagnetic noise which cause the characteristic display patterns of static. Atmospheric sources of noise are the most ubiquitous, and include electromagnetic signals prompted by cosmic microwave background radiation, or more localized radio wave noise from nearby electronic devices.

The display device itself is also a source of noise, due in part to thermal noise produced by the inner electronics. Most of this noise comes from the first transistor the antenna is attached to.

UK viewers used to see "snow" on black after sign-off, instead of "bugs" on white, a purely technical artifact due to old 405-line British senders using positive rather than the negative video modulation used in Canada, the U.S., and (currently) the UK as well. Since one impression of the "snow" is of fast-flickering black bugs on a white background, in Sweden and Denmark the phenomenon is often called myrornas krig in Swedish, myrekrig in Danish, hangyák háborúja in Hungarian, and semut bertengkar in Indonesian, which translate to "war of the ants" or sometimes hangyafoci in Hungarian which means "ant soccer", and in Romanian, purici, which translates into "fleas".

Due to the algorithmic functioning of a digital television set's electronic circuitry and the inherent quantization of its screen, the "snow" seen on digital TV is less random. Most modern televisions automatically change to a blue screen or turn to standby after some time if static is present.

Noise (radio)

In radio reception, noise is the superposition of white noise and other disturbing influences on the signal, caused either by thermal noise and other electronic noise from receiver input circuits or by interference from radiated electromagnetic noise picked up by the receiver's antenna. If no noise were picked up with radio signals, even weak transmissions could be received at virtually any distance by making a radio receiver that was sensitive enough. In practice, this doesn't work, and a point is reached where the only way to extend the range of a transmission is to increase the transmitter power.

Thermal noise can be made lower by cooling the circuits, but this is only usually worthwhile on radio telescopes. In other applications the limiting noise source depends on the frequency range in use. At low frequencies ( longwave or mediumwave) and at high frequencies ( shortwave), interference caused by lightning or by nearby electrical impulses in electrical switches, motors, vehicle ignition circuits, computers, and other man-made sources tends to swamp transmissions with thermal noise. These noises are often referred to as static. Atmospheric noise is radio noise caused by natural atmospheric processes, primarily lightning discharges in thunderstorms. At very high frequency and ultra high frequency these sources can still be important, but at a much lower level, such that thermal noise is usually the limiting factor. Cosmic background noise is experienced at frequencies above about 15 MHz when highly directional antennas are pointed toward the sun or to certain other regions of the sky such as the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Electromagnetic noise can interfere with electronic equipment in general, causing malfunction, and in recent years standards have been laid down for the levels of electromagnetic radiation that electronic equipment is permitted to radiate. These standards are aimed at ensuring what is referred to as electromagnetic compatibility, or EMC.

Noise (programming block)

was a Fuji TV late night anime programming block, broadcast each Wednesday night from 26:08 to 26:38. It is Fuji TV's second late night anime-themed time block, after noitaminA, which airs every Thursday night. It first began on October 15, 2008, with Michiko to Hatchin. After broadcasting three anime series, the block was cancelled on favor of extending noitaminA which started airing two productions at once instead of only one.

Noise (audio)

Noise in audio, recording, and broadcast systems refers to the residual low-level sound (usually hiss and hum) that is heard in quiet periods of a program.

In audio engineering it can refer either to the acoustic noise from loudspeakers or to the unwanted residual electronic noise signal that gives rise to acoustic noise heard as 'hiss'. This signal noise is commonly measured using A-weighting or ITU-R 468 weighting

Noise is often generated deliberately and used as a test signal. Two types of deliberately generated noise in common use are referred to as ' white noise', which has a uniform spectral power density at all frequencies, or ' pink noise' which has a power spectral density that falls at 3dB/octave with rising frequency. The latter is often more useful in audio testing because it contains constant energy per octave (and hence per commonly used 1/3 octave), rather than a preponderance of energy at high frequencies. In other words,it contains energy that is distributed geometrically rather than linearly.

Noise (electronics)

In electronics, noise is a random fluctuation in an electrical signal, a characteristic of all electronic circuits. Noise generated by electronic devices varies greatly, as it can be produced by several different effects. Thermal noise is unavoidable at non-zero temperature (see fluctuation-dissipation theorem), while other types depend mostly on device type (such as shot noise, which needs steep potential barrier) or manufacturing quality and semiconductor defects, such as conductance fluctuations, including 1/f noise.

In communication systems, noise is an error or undesired random disturbance of a useful information signal in a communication channel. The noise is a summation of unwanted or disturbing energy from natural and sometimes man-made sources. Noise is, however, typically distinguished from interference, for example in the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), signal-to-interference ratio (SIR) and signal-to-noise plus interference ratio (SNIR) measures. Noise is also typically distinguished from distortion, which is an unwanted systematic alteration of the signal waveform by the communication equipment, for example in the signal-to-noise and distortion ratio (SINAD).

While noise is generally unwanted, it can serve a useful purpose in some applications, such as random number generation or dither.

Noise (2007 American film)

Noise is a comedy drama film written and directed by Henry Bean. It stars Tim Robbins and Bridget Moynahan. Robbins plays a successful lawyer in Manhattan named David Owen who is bothered by all the noise in the city, and who resorts to vandalism to put a stop to it, adopting the identity of "The Rectifier". His acts of vandalism provoke the mayor of the city, played by William Hurt.

The film premiered October 22, 2007 at the Rome Film Festival. It was later shown at the AFI Film Festival on November 6, 2007. It opened in limited release in the United States on May 9, 2008.

Noise (signal processing)

In signal processing, noise is a general term for unwanted (and, in general, unknown) modifications that a signal may suffer during capture, storage, transmission, processing, or conversion.

Vyacheslav Tuzlukov (2010), Signal Processing Noise, Electrical Engineering and Applied Signal Processing Series, CRC Press. 688 pages. ISBN 9781420041118

Sometimes the word is also used to mean signals that are random (unpredictable) and carry no useful information; even if they are not interfering with other signals or may have been introduced intentionally, as in comfort noise.

Noise reduction, the recovery of the original signal from the noise-corrupted one, is a very common goal in the design of signal processing systems, especially filters. The mathematical limits for noise removal are set by information theory, namely the Nyquist–Shannon sampling theorem.

Noise (song)

"Noise" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Chesney and written by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally and Jon Nite. It was released in March 2016 as the first single from Chesney's upcoming seventeenth studio album, Cosmic Hallelujah.

Noise (Boris album)

Noise is the nineteenth studio album by Japanese rock band Boris. The Japanese edition of the album was released on 18 June 2014 via Avex Group's sub-label Tearbridge Records and consists of the original album plus other songs previously released on other endeavors, like "Kimi no Yukue" which was used for a promotional video of Chunsoft video game Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward in Japan. This is the second Boris album released through a major label (the first one being 2011's New Album, also released by Avex Group/Tearbridge). It was released on 17 June 2014 through Sargent House record label internationally on both CD and double vinyl. A Japanese double vinyl edition was released by Daymare Recordings (without the bonus tracks on the Avex version).

The release date and the covers of the album were announced on April 8, 2014. Along with the announcement, an edit of the track "Quicksilver" was also released for streaming. The band will embark a North American tour in 2014 in the support of the album.

A studio re-recording of "Heavy Rain" appears on their collaborative album with Merzbow, Gensho; its deluxe CD version also features collaborative live performances of this song, "Melody," and "Angel."

Usage examples of "noise".

It was obvious by the clattering noises over the speaker that Abies was done with them again.

I heard the sound of the scene of the crime squad arriving, and Aden and I both turned our heads instinctively toward the noise.

The noise of the door did not awaken her, and Monte Cristo gazed at her with affectionate regret.

One of the turbine generators and one of the main engines aft was shut down to minimize radiated noise.

Long Hunt in the high-country ridges with the rest of his agemates, and could move through underbrush with no more noise than a passing thought.

An automatic rheostat must have been mounted to the speaker, for the volume rose steadily, until the noise of the storm wind filled the office, a blast of rushing airlike the sounds of an experimental wind tunnel at maximum velocity.

And immediately after her prayer breaks forth, soars upward in a shrill nasal falsetto, like a morning alarum when the hour for waking has come, the mechanical noise of a spring let go and running down.

Only the rustle of creatures alongshore and the noise of crickets or an occasional frog could be heard.

Miss Ames, contrary to popular opinion, at least that which is noised about by physicians, being a doctor does not make me God.

The descent was accomplished with a minimum of noise, and even Amity managed to creep through the shrubbery without attracting the keen ears of the watchdogs.

A quick burst of noise from inside Amour Magique floated out to them on the patio.

Just as I figured out that it was the telephone making the noise, Amrita came in from the bathroom and answered it.

Lisette hugged Angelique against her bosom and silently bade her not to make a noise.

Life, ordered irregularity, aperiodic crystal, signal in a field of noise, required that wonder and reverence, both coded for, beat out success if anything is to survive.

On very stormy days the entire apse seemed to awake and to grumble under the noise of the rain as it beat against the leaden tiles of the roof, running off by the gutters of the cornices and rolling from story to story with the clamour of an overflowing torrent.