audible

adjective
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

audible

noun

Definition of audible (Entry 2 of 3)

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

audible

verb
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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Other Words from audible

Adjective

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

The statement provoked audible gasps from the crowd that had packed into the Charlottesville courtroom. Denise Lavoie, Anchorage Daily News, "Avowed white supremacist gets life sentence in fatal car attack on Charlottesville protesters," 28 June 2019 The statement provoked audible gasps from a packed courtroom crowd. CBS News, "White supremacist gets life in prison for deadly Charlottesville car attack," 28 June 2019 During Buhr's speech, the audience responded with audible gasps and roaring applause. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Valedictorian rips school staff and calls out teacher for "alcoholism" in graduation speech," 15 June 2019 As Lopez delivered the decisive pitch, the only audible outburst came from a barking dog in the upper deck. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Attendance continues to drop for Marlins, with league-worst numbers (and a commitment to accuracy)," 13 June 2019 Griffin breathes with the help of a ventilator and respirator and appeared in court Tuesday in a motorized wheelchair that made audible hisses and hums throughout the sentencing. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Quadriplegic Akron man sentenced to 17 years for orchestrating drug deals from bed," 11 June 2019 Though its tongue lolled out between its teeth, there was no audible panting. Han Kang, Harper's magazine, "White Out," 10 Feb. 2019 When Galvez mentioned cutting Tessitore’s position, audience members at the council chambers responded with audible gasps. Jill Galvez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chula Vista councilwoman to face recall election after proposing staff cuts," 3 June 2019 When a picture of his Moncler puffa gowns graced the screen behind the duo, the audience let out an audible gasp. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Just Love It”—Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli Shares His Dream of Fashion at The Met," 22 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, chicagotribune.com, "'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 Prescott did his best Peyton Manning impression, calling numerous audibles throughout the night. Steven Ruiz, USA TODAY, "Cowboys' 'Shanahan' audible not a shot at Kyle," 11 Sep. 2017 Slight alterations, audibles at the line of scrimmage and execution of those changes are what’s at stake. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "It’s not Doug Meacham’s insight into TCU offense that worries Gary Patterson," 16 Oct. 2017 Feeney said Manning was completely cooperative and did each pose enthusiastically, at one point even posing as if standing behind center, pointing and barking audibles. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Unveiling of Manning statue will feel like Super Bowl for Indy sculptor," 3 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, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2018: Nos. 30-11," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of audible

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1961, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for audible

Adjective

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.)

Noun

derivative of audible entry 1

Verb

derivative of audible entry 2

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audible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of audible

: heard or able to be heard

audible

adjective
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

audible

adjective
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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