1 measurements obtained by sounding (sound4 1); depth measured 测深所得的数据; 测得的深度
*underwater soundings 水下测得的深度.
2 (a) [C, U] (action of) finding out sb's views in a cautious way （对某人意见的）试探
*take soundings 试探一番
* What results have your soundings turned up? 你试探出什么名堂来了?
(b) reactions obtained （调查意见得到的）反应
*Our soundings are displayed in the form of a graph. 我们的调查结果已用图表列出.
1. Today, enough soundings are available to enable a relief map of the Atlantic to be drawn and we know something of the great variety of the sea bed´s topography. 现在已有足够的水深测量数据来绘制一张大西洋洋底地形图，而且我对海底地形的千变万化也有了一定的了解。
2. That a series of deep soundings was obtained in the Atlantic and the first samples were collected by dredging the bottom. 才在大西洋测得一个海水深度，同时通过挖掘海底，取得了研究海底的首批样品。