soundness


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soundness

The quality of being sound (2).

soundness

1. The freedom of a solid from cracks, flaws, fissures, or variations from an accepted standard.
2. In cement, freedom from excessive volume change after setting.
3. In an aggregate, the ability to withstand the aggressive action to which concrete containing it might be exposed, particularly that due to weather.
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Those politicians and statesmen who have been the most celebrated for the soundness of their principles and for the justice of their views, have declared in favor of a single Executive and a numerous legislature.
"It may be just my health," he thought, allowing himself a very unusual doubt of his soundness; for, with the exception of a childish ailment or two, he had never been ill in his life.
The boys were sleeping with such mysterious soundness, that it took five minutes a-piece to wake them.
He examined the equipment of every soldier; assured himself of the health and soundness of every horse.
Worthy of special praise, lastly, is the moral soundness of all Dickens' work, praise which is not seriously affected by present-day sneers at his
They made rapid converts of unbelievers, demonstrating the soundness of my doctrines by their prompt results.
I am convinced he had always doubted the soundness of my principles, because he turned on me swiftly as though he had been on the watch for a lapse from the straight path.
'I was vexed at her incredulity; but I am not sure her doubts were entirely without sagacity; I fear I have found it much easier to remember her advice than to profit by it; - indeed, I have sometimes been led to question the soundness of her doctrines on those subjects.
He was in the pink of condition for his age, and even the texture of his long frock coat had a character of elastic soundness, as if it were a living tissue.
In order to issue such an order, the Board must make each of three findings: (1) that the respondent engaged in identified misconduct, including a violation of law or regulation, an unsafe or unsound practice, or a breach of fiduciary duty; (2) that the conduct had a specified effect, including financial loss to the institution or gain to the respondent; and (3) that the respondent's conduct involved either personal dishonesty or a willful or continuing disregard for the safety or soundness of the institution.
By creating a three-dimensional drawing or constructing a small model, a study of how the metal will enter the mold can be performed to discover how solidification proceeds and define how parts must be fed to assure casting soundness.
The report, Banks' Securities Activities, Oversight Differs Depending on Activity and Regulator, also said Federal Reserve examiners and bank internal auditors did not sufficiently review or test all applicable firewall procedures that helped insulate banks from credit relationships and intercompany transactions that posed risks to bank safety and soundness.