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

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 The stress in his voice was audible, but only later would the two men learn how bad things really were. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 Griffin is paralyzed from the neck down and breathes with the aid of a respirator, which was audible during Wednesday's hearing, after being shot by Duwad Spaulding in 2011. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Quadriplegic Akron man sentenced to 17 years for orchestrating drug deals from bed," 11 June 2019 Voices of women across different countries in the EU are most audible when combined as a bloc; unifying their strength to fight for lasting legal and social change at a supra-national level that may not be possible when fighting on their own. Phoebe Potter, refinery29.com, "Tory Leadership Candidates Calling Themselves "Feminist" Is Meaningless," 10 June 2019 The noise is constant, a steady chorus of barking and growling that is audible for blocks. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 The jumps in the track are audible as the harrowing story unfolds of how Jim kidnapped Dana. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: In Lucas Hnath's 'Dana H.,' a kidnapping survivor's truth hides in the shadows," 3 June 2019 After a few minutes of conversation, Bening is barely audible as her audio cuts in and out. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Annette Bening on Returning to Broadway After 32 Years in All My Sons," 29 Apr. 2019 The crowd at the Fox Theatre had an audible reaction to it, and the people on Twitter apparently had their own as well. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Google reveals most-searched candidate during Wednesday debate," 1 Aug. 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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