I would like to use a single word to express emitting sound specifically to be used in programming code.

If I used 2 words it would be something like PLAY SOUND but I would like to avoid delimiters such as space, and hyphens if possible.

Ideally it would be something that is understandable and used already in code.

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    A few things. Asking for help naming things, whether in code or otherwise, is not considered to be on-topic. But, I guess we can just consider that background information. The more important thing is that you need to specify how you would like to be able to use this word, in English: it's a single word, but do you want a verb, a noun modifier, or what? Give an example sentence. Something like "the speakers [emit sound]." Answers will be based on that example sentence, rather than your need for a programming name.
    – herisson
    Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 22:41
  • It would be a command such as GET, SEND, POST, DISPLAY, SAVE, DELETE, COPY, CUT, PASTE... Thank you. Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 22:43
  • I think you're off-topic.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 22:44
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about giving things artificial names in computer programs.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 22:45
  • I don't understand how this is off-topic when there is and I am using a "single-word-requests" tag and it is used very often, and the title clearly requests a single word. Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 22:45

2 Answers 2


The single word for this is the verb to sound.

This is the most general, since you do not indicate either a particular kind of sound or a particular source of sound (or anything else).

  • Thank you. This seems to be the accepted answer so I will accept it. I thought there may be a more scientific word out there but if it hasn't been stated yet it is either too obscure or doesn't exist. My main problem with sound was that it is commonly a noun so using by itself would be hard to distinguish as articles are often dropped for single words, but as English grammar seems to work that way I don't think I can expect something more suitable. Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 23:35
  • You said it is to be a command. Certainly your programming language/ environment specifies command syntax. I notice tge examples you gave of commands were in ALL CAPS. This alone might identify SOUND as a command. Commented Oct 25, 2015 at 8:48
  • @BrianHitchcock: Sorry, but I don't understand your comment. Where did I (or anyone) say anything about "it" (what?) being a "command"? And where do you see "ALL CAPS"? What is this all about?
    – Drew
    Commented Oct 25, 2015 at 15:25

"Speak" is the word used to command dogs to emitting sound. Normally it denotes verbal communication, but you could borrow this usage for your work.

"Sound" itself is also a verb.

  • It can also be the subject. For example: "The horn sounded" books.google.co.uk/… Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 23:01
  • Thank you. Speak is probably what is most used in programming as a verb, but I will avoid it because it can not be combined with other sounds naturally. Say could be used instead, but sound seems more appropriate for sounds only. I will be using sound instead. Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 23:37

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