audible

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adjective

au·​di·​ble ˈȯ-də-bəl How to pronounce audible (audio)
: heard or capable of being heard
spoke in a barely audible voice
audibility noun
audibly adverb

audible

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noun

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

audible

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verb

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

intransitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Adjective Her voice was barely audible over the noise. He let out an audible sigh.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Meredith wins and calls an audible, asking Griffin to step in and take Adams' place. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 11 Nov. 2022 Cleveland artist Amber Ford will create an audio piece audible throughout the museum that will examine mourning, catharsis, and healing. Steven Litt, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2022 The Philharmonic’s burnished sound and plush legato strings, honed in the mid-to-late 20th century under conductor Herbert von Karajan, are both the stuff of legend and a still-audible link to the ensemble’s storied past. David Weininger, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Nov. 2022 My thin-cut steak, brushed with butter and seasoned simply with salt and pepper, hits the hot grill of Aleph’s demonstration kitchen with an audible hiss. Time, 9 Nov. 2022 While there was an audible sigh of relief in many parts of the country after President Joe Biden won the 2020 election, some Democrats might feel that Trump’s reemergence is good news for the party. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 4 Nov. 2022 The app can still send audible alerts even if the phone is set to silent. Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2022 When actuated, the watch’s dual hammers strike Sedna Gold gongs connected to the case body—this in turn produces the audible chime that corresponds to the time read on the chronograph display. Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2022 There was an audible shuffling of chairs; the audience members were still taking their seats. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 20 Oct. 2022
Noun
The bumblebees were loving a thick mat of woolly thyme growing around a stone path, their hum audible through an open window. Betsy Vereckey, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2022 McAfee went to the roulette table and hit on red 18, Peyton's famous audible, winning an impressive amount of money according to the former punter. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Sep. 2021 But the chief operating officer of Stellantis North America called an audible on Thursday that led to millions if not billions of dollars in exposure on live TV from outside the White House. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 7 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 14 Nov. 2019 Jared Goff has improved making adjustments at the line, both in protection calls and in calling audibles. Albert Breer, SI.com, 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, 14 July 2018 There’s going to be a lot more checks and audibles at the line of scrimmage. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, 20 Mar. 2018
Verb
The Dolphins can also show a Cover 0 look, wait for the offense to audible into a more secure pass-blocking scheme, then back off the line before the snap and drop into a passive zone. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 17 Sep. 2022 Offensive coordinator Greg Roman had given him a backup play call, just in case, and Jackson walked over to the group of linemen and wide receivers bunched to his left to audible into it. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 10 Nov. 2021 Even manager David Ross didn’t know Hoyer was going to admit the 11-game losing streak had forced him to audible and look toward the future at the expense of trying to rebound in the second half of 2021. chicagotribune.com, 11 July 2021 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, 13 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1961, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of audible was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near audible

Cite this Entry

“Audible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/audible. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

audible

adjective

au·​di·​ble
ˈȯd-ə-bəl
: heard or capable of being heard
the sound was barely audible
audibility
ˌȯd-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē
noun
audibly
ˈȯd-ə-blē
adverb

Medical Definition

audible

adjective

au·​di·​ble ˈȯd-ə-bəl How to pronounce audible (audio)
: heard or capable of being heard
audibility noun
plural audibilities
audibly adverb
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