|Origin:||'quarreling, noise', from Latin nausea; NAUSEA|
1 [uncountable and countable]C
a sound, especially one that is loud, unpleasant, or frightening [= sound]:
What's that noise?
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 airports
2 British English
to say things which suggest what your opinion or attitude is, without saying it directly:
Both sides were making hopeful noises about the hostages.
to say the things that other people want or expect to hear:
The health minister seems to be making all the right noises.
to say that you are considering doing something:
He is now making noises about starting his own business.
5 British English
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 good
6 [uncountable] technicalTPETEE
unwanted signals produced by an electrical circuit
7TD [uncountable] technicalTD
pieces of unwanted information that can prevent a computer from working effectively
the sounds, voices etc that come from actors who are not on the stage at the time