audible

adjective
au·​di·​ble | \ˈȯ-də-bəl \

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\ -​b(ə-​)liŋ \

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 \ noun
audibly \ ˈȯ-​də-​blē \ 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

Clearly audible at the back of the venue, the performance exemplified the vocal feats Carlile displayed with extraordinary regularity during the triumphant concert. Bob Gendron, chicagotribune.com, "Brandi Carlile was daring, personal and triumphant," 16 June 2018 The technique works because audible sound can cause an HDD’s head stack assembly to vibrate outside of normal bounds. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Sonic and ultrasonic attacks damage hard drives and crash OSes," 30 May 2018 There was no sign of the enemy except sporadic machine gun fire barely audible above the roar of tractors and shouts of men on the beach. Washington Post, "AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, reporter lands on Attu Island," 29 May 2018 Whatever echoes of past composers are audible, Child’s voice is abundantly evident. David Weininger, BostonGlobe.com, "From Philip Glass to folk-inspired violin, sounds for the summer," 4 July 2018 Beneath the ominous curtain of static, incongruous hand claps become audible – a pop song in disguise. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "'Bad Witch' is compelling, if not vintage Nine Inch Nails," 22 June 2018 So the doubters may be more numerous and audible than usual. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Struggling Tesla Faces an Investor Insurrection," 9 May 2018 In addition to audible warnings and visible cues, physical changes to trains and platforms can also decrease gaps, Berkowitz said. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "Other subway systems urge passengers to ‘Mind the Gap’," 3 July 2018 If Dukart does attend Oregon State University, his sole focus going forward will be football, an audible on earlier plans to try to play both sports at the college level. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "Lake Oswego star Jake Dukart selected in MLB Draft, faces decision: football at Oregon State or baseball with Red Sox," 6 June 2018

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

Late Latin audibilis, from Latin audire to hear; akin to Greek aisthanesthai to perceive, Sanskrit āvis evidently

Noun

see audible entry 1

Verb

see audible entry 1

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of audible 

: heard or capable of being heard

Other Words from audible

audibility \ ˌȯd-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē \ noun plural -ties
audibly \ ˈȯd-​ə-​blē \ adverb

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