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Sounding generally refers to a mechanism of probing the environment by sending out some kind of stimulus.
Sounding or soundings may refer to:
- Soundings (journal), an academic journal of leftist political thinking
- "Soundings" (radio drama), science fiction radio drama series produced from 1985 to 1989 in Ottawa
- Whale sounding, the act of diving by whales
Medicine and surgery
- Sound (medical instrument), instruments for probing and dilating passages within the body
- Urethral sounding, using sounds to increase the inner diameter of the urethra
- Soundings (Williams), 2003 orchestral composition by John Williams
- Soundings (Carter), 2005 orchestral composition by Elliott Carter
Science and technology
- Depth sounding, a measurement of depth within a body of water
- Atmospheric sounding, a measurement of vertical distribution of physical properties of the atmospheric column
- Vertical electrical sounding (VES), a geophysical method for investigation of a geological medium
- Cone penetration test, a method used to determine the geotechnical engineering properties of soils
- Sounding rocket, an instrument-carrying rocket designed to take measurements and perform scientific experiments during sub-orbital flight
- Ionospheric sounding, analysis of ionospheric-dependent radio propagation using a synchronized transmitter and receiver
- Automatic sounding, the testing of selected channels for quality by providing a very brief identifying transmission
- Automatic link establishment, the worldwide de facto standard for digitally initiating and sustaining HF radio communications
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