au·​di·​ble | \ ˈȯ-də-bəl How to pronounce audible (audio) \

Definition of audible

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: heard or capable of being heard spoke in a barely audible voice



Definition of audible (Entry 2 of 3)

American football
: a substitute offensive or defensive play called at the line of scrimmage


audibled; audibling\ ˈȯ-​də-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce audibling (audio) \

Definition of audible (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

American football
: to call an audible Chicago quarterback Jim Harbaugh audibled to a pass play …— Peter King

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audibility \ ˌȯ-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce audibility (audio) \ noun
audibly \ ˈȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce audibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of audible in a Sentence

Adjective Her voice was barely audible over the noise. He let out an audible sigh.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Understanding that this would face a lot of pushback from the disabled community, advocates suggest that any revenue earned from this change be invested in safer sidewalks, better curb ramps, and audible devices at pedestrian crosswalks. Cari Shane, Car and Driver, "Violators Will Be Ticketed: Fighting Disability-Parking-Placard Fraud," 21 June 2020 The benefits many found heartening early on—from cleaner air to birdsong newly audible as cars and planes went quiet—were always likely to be temporary. Beth Gardiner, National Geographic, "Why COVID-19 will end up harming the environment," 18 June 2020 Major League Baseball remains in a stalemate for the foreseeable future, but the crack of the bat will be audible in a Milwaukee-area stadium this summer. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Milkmen baseball team will open season July 3, and yes, fans will be able to attend," 16 June 2020 The truck may emit an audible warning chime, show an alert in the dashboard message center and display red brake warning indicator. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford recalls 2 million vehicles because the doors could open while driving," 12 June 2020 So Labas, last year’s Offensive Player of the Year, took an unofficial visit earlier this month and made an audible to his college choice. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Joe Labas’ rise to an Iowa football commitment only delayed by sophomore injury," 11 June 2020 If there is brake fluid leakage, the driver could hear an audible chime, get a message center alert, or see a brake warning on the instrument panel. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "Ford F-150 Recalled for Brake-Fluid Leak That Could Lead to Crash," 10 June 2020 For much of Destiny, the adult Ned haunts scenes from his memory, visible and audible only to his younger self. Matt Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Curse of the Prophet," 7 June 2020 But their chants were audible on the live stream of the meeting. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego promises changes, talks about her son and George Floyd," 7 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Peyton Manning described the challenge of matching wits and trying to counter Kuechly's audibles when the Denver Broncos beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Former middle linebacker Luke Kuechly joins Carolina Panthers' front office as pro scout," 5 June 2020 Meyer noticed that the Gophers’ defense was calling audibles to a different scheme after the Nittany Lions had a audible to a new play. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Urban Meyer has ‘lot of respect’ for Gophers defense in red zone," 14 Nov. 2019 Jared Goff has improved making adjustments at the line, both in protection calls and in calling audibles. Albert Breer,, "What We Have Learned So Far From NFC West Training Camps," 13 Aug. 2019 And in middle school, the coaches introduced me to audibles and helped me in learning how to read (defensive) coverages. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Air apparent: Aurora Christian coaches grooming sophomore Ethan Hampton to power passing attack," 14 July 2018 There’s going to be a lot more checks and audibles at the line of scrimmage. Rich Campbell,, "'I can't wait:' Mitch Trubisky eager to learn Matt Nagy's 'tricky' offense," 20 Mar. 2018 The audibles vary with each game, and game location plays into it. Scott Dochterman, ajc, "Iowa QB Nate Stanley has flexibility, confidence to make audible calls," 4 Oct. 2017 At Ole Miss, Patterson used the coaches on the sideline for checks and audibles. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football film study: Let's examine Shea Patterson," 14 Dec. 2017 But the Hawkeyes do have audibles at line of scrimmages. Scott Dochterman, ajc, "Iowa QB Nate Stanley has flexibility, confidence to make audible calls," 4 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Towns is versatile enough to actually maneuver his way to the block from a variety of angles, and can audible into a different sort of offense if that opportunity disappears. Ben Golliver And Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2018: Nos. 30-11," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of audible


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1961, in the meaning defined above


1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for audible


borrowed from Late Latin audībilis, from Latin audīre "to hear" + -bilis "subject to or capable of (the action of the verb)"; audīre perhaps going back to Indo-European *h2eu̯is- "evident, manifest" (akin, with varying vowel placement and ablaut grades, to Greek aḯein "to perceive, hear," Sanskrit āvíṣ "evidently," Avestan auuiš, Old Church Slavic avě, javě "clearly, manifestly," Lithuanian ovyje "in reality," Hittite au-/u- "see, look") + *dheh1- "put, place" — more at do entry 1, -able

Note: Though there is general agreement in the etymological literature on the identity of the first element of audiō, audīre, the second element is problematic. If audiō goes back to a pre-Latin *áwizdijō, the outcome of the cluster *-zdh- as -d- conflicts with its apparent outcome elsewhere as -st-, as in hasta "spear" (see yard entry 2) and perhaps in custōs "guardian" (see custody). (The cluster -zd- without an aspirate regularly yields loss of -z- with lengthening of the preceding vowel, as in nīdus "nest" from *nizdos—see nest entry 1.)


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“Audible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce audible (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of audible

: heard or able to be heard


au·​di·​ble | \ ˈȯ-də-bəl How to pronounce audible (audio) \

Kids Definition of audible

: loud enough to be heard

Other Words from audible

audibly \ -​blē \ adverb sighing audibly


au·​di·​ble | \ ˈȯd-ə-bəl How to pronounce audible (audio) \

Medical Definition of audible

: heard or capable of being heard

Other Words from audible

audibility \ ˌȯd-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce audibility (audio) \ noun, plural audibilities
audibly \ ˈȯd-​ə-​blē How to pronounce audibly (audio) \ adverb

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