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 next afternoon at Minute Maid Park, Thornton twirled 6 ⅔ innings of scoreless baseball, punctuating most of his massive moments with a large fist pump or audible yell. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros take down Blue Jays in series opener," 30 Aug. 2019 The arches are the impressive red rock formations dotted about Castle Valley, about 10 miles from the town of Moab, and the team has sped up the recordings into audible sound. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Popular Utah rock-climbing spot vibrates in time with earth, wind, and waves," 27 Aug. 2019 Luck reaches the south end zone, angles into the tunnel and there’s an audible chorus of boos coming at him. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "‘This was all so sudden’: The inside story on how Andrew Luck’s retirement news stunned the Bears and Colts fans as it spread across Lucas Oil Stadium," 25 Aug. 2019 Gaga was suddenly covered in faux-blood dripping from her abdomen, much to the audible horror of her audience. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Don't Forget: Lady Gaga's '09 VMAs Performance Should Have Been the Night's Breakout Moment," 21 Aug. 2019 For example during a recent Democratic mayoral debate, Bry and Gloria drew audible jeers from audience members while Williamson most consistently received applause. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Democrats to weigh endorsement in San Diego mayoral race Tuesday," 19 Aug. 2019 For example, some GM vehicles include a rear-seat reminder that alerts a driver with audible chimes and a message on their screen to check the rear seat of the vehicle. Fox News, "Why do parents forget their children in parked, hot cars?," 16 Aug. 2019 This constricts the middle section of the fruit, forcing the seeds to pop out with an audible crack, the team reports today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, "Watch this plant fire seeds with bulletlike force," 6 Aug. 2019 Whale calls are usually audible for miles, but the moos and grunts of the female southern right whales were barely audible over the pounding waves, often at very low decibel levels and less frequent then usual. Fox News, "Some whales 'whisper' to their calves to evade predators," 16 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jared Goff has improved making adjustments at the line, both in protection calls and in calling audibles. Albert Breer, SI.com, "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, 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

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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