Sounding generally refers to a mechanism of probing the environment by sending out some kind of stimulus. The term derives from the ancient practice of determining the depth of water (making a sounding) by feeding out a line with a weight at the end.
In biology, organisms employ a variety of sensory modalities for sounding: touch (antennae, whiskers), vibration (spiders), electrical (fish), chemical (Phycomyces blakesleeanus), temperature (diving reflex), and perhaps light (flashlight fish).
Sounding can refer to:
|Look up sounding in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
- Depth sounding, the determination of the depth of water usually in the sea.
- Whale sounding, the act of diving by whales
- an atmospheric sounding
- various methods in telecommunications
- In medicine and surgery, any use of a Sound (medical instrument), such as
- various methods in geophysics:
- sounding rockets which take measurements during suborbital flight
- Tank sounding, a means of determining the quantity of fluid inside a tank by measuring the height of its surface from the bottom of a tank.
- Dusenbery, David B. (1992). Sensory Ecology, Chapter 12. W.H. Freeman., New York. ISBN 0-7167-2333-6.
|This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title.
If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.