audible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj audible heard or perceptible by the ear "he spoke in an audible whisper"
    • n audible a football play is changed orally after both teams have assumed their positions at the line of scrimmage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life", an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog.
    • a Audible Capable of being heard; loud enough to be heard; actually heard; as, an audible voice or whisper.
    • n Audible That which may be heard. "Visibles are swiftlier carried to the sense than audibles ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Jazz Singer, 1927, was the first movie with audible dialogue.
    • audible Capable of being heard; perceivable by the ear; loud enough to be heard: as, an audible voice or whisper.
    • n audible That which may be heard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Audible awd′i-bl able to be heard
    • n Audible a hearer
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Quotations

  • Lord Chesterfield
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    “In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.”
  • Alistair Cooke
    Alistair Cooke
    “Canned music is like audible wallpaper.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. audibilis, fr. L. audire, auditum, to hear: cf. Gr. ear, L. auris, and E. ear,

Usage

In literature:

The office boy knocked at Merton's outer door, and the sound of that boy's strangled chuckling was distinctly audible to his employer.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
The working of the screw was distinctly audible.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
In a few moments a splash was audible from the pond outside.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
Mrs. Jonas White sobbed audibly.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Mukoki, still grinning like a carven thing, chuckled audibly.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
The murmur of the river was plainly audible in the room.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
At first, the strains were soft and low, for the child's benefit, alone, scarce audible at any distance.
"The Old Flute-Player" by Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
Here he paused a moment, felt his brow, then his heart, the palpitations of which fell audibly upon his ear.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
The thunder of guns was clearly audible from the north-east.
"Leaves from a Field Note-Book" by J. H. Morgan
After she had passed, Ellen heard a subtle whisper somewhere at her back; it was half audible, but its meaning was entirely plain.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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In poetry:

Choked there beneath its swollen
burden – earth’s nostrils, and audibly,
like August, far off in the distance,
midnight, ripening slow with the fields.
"The Weeping Garden" by Boris Pasternak
And in conclusion,
When there is no more audible dissent,
He plays his comprehensive keyboard song,
The loud proud paradigm,
The one work of art without content.
"The Piano Tuner’s Wife" by Karl Shapiro
With glass a thousand miles thick
Parting has glazed the windows of your flat;
And I look through, as from another world,
But not a sound is audible through that.
""With glass a thousand miles thick..."" by Konstantin Simonov
He leaned his heart upon the naked sod.
He heard the audible pulse of nature beat.
He trembled greatly at the Word of God
Spoken in the rushes rustling at his feet.
"Interpretation" by Richard Realf
Are you the one? The one the scream was for
Must be a god — is yours the Voice we miss?
It makes the boundless audible, and more,
Its every word informs us we exist.
"Song Of The Women To The Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Oh, summer-night of the South! Oh, sweet languor of zephyrs love-sighing!
Oh, mighty circuit of shadowy solitude, holy and still!
Music scarce audible, echo-less harmony joyously dying,
Dying in faint suspirations o'er meadow, and forest, and hill!
"Night" by James Brunton Stephens

In news:

A big, fat Yellow Pages landed in my driveway the other day with an audible whomp.
"We cannot and we should not accept preconditions ," Mofaz said forcefully, emitting a silence so stark in a downtown Washington conference that the hum of the fluorescent lights was audible.
Is speaking audibly and in complete sentences an academic skill.
An almost audible sigh of relief arose in Moscow after the US Senate ratified the New START nuclear arms control accord Wednesday.
Mr Washington's moans are audible, even through newsprint.
The device, from inthinc Technology Solutions, will offer an audible warning to a driver when phone or text usage is detected and send alerts to fleet managers.
A horn — designed to warn workers on the site but audible to others in the vicinity — will sound approximately 15 minutes and five minutes prior to the blast .
"I now have more free time to spend with my grandchildren," Matthew Lin's raspy voice replied, barely audible over the din of a wake that was evidently taking place at his soon-to-be-dismantled campaign headquarters yesterday afternoon.
Morro Bay, CA — On Tuesday at approximately 3:21 am, the Morro Bay Police Department responded to a report of an audible alarm sounding at Morro Bay Chevron , at 1798 Main Street, Morro Bay.
The music abruptly stopped, and the audience audibly gasped.
The students at Cameron Indoor Stadium are right on top of the court, which means they're right on top of press row, which means more than just the obnoxious shots at officials and boorish jabs at opposing players are audible.
Motorists taking curves too fast tend to drift over the line, and the strips serve as a tactile and audible reminder to ease off the gas and correct course.
When the grumbling isn't audible, it's there in his eyes.
Deacon 's words are rarely audible enough to figure out an overarching theme (the lyrics sheet helps with that), but an expanded musical landscape results in Deacon 's most unified vision to date.
The Audible Doctor Prescribes Beats, Rhymes, Working in Bulk.
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In science:

The physical mechanisms for oscillations generated by molecular motors in a cilium therefore could cover the audible frequency range by using a simple morphological gradient in the cochlea.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Hence sound pressure level is measured logarithmically with a reference level of 2 × 10−5 Pa, in units of decibels (dB) such that the lower audible limit corresponds to 0 dB (cf. table 3.1 for the values of decibel levels for typical sounds).
Music in Terms of Science
The sensitivity of our ears also varies tremendously over the audible range.
Music in Terms of Science
Our sensitivity to sounds of different frequencies varies tremendously over the audible range.
Music in Terms of Science
Figure 3.1 shows equal-loudness contours used to indicate the sound pressure (dB), over the range of audible frequencies, as perceived being of equal loudness.
Music in Terms of Science
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