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 audible (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 audible (audio) \ noun
audibly \ ˈȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce audible (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 An inning later, the Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton tied the game with a two-run homer moments after a whistle is audible on the broadcast. Matt Young, Chron, 13 Sep. 2021 Neither were his words audible to those in the physical audience. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Sep. 2021 Most warning systems use audible cues to alert people to danger. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 These can include chewing, swallowing, slurping, throat clearing, coughing and even audible breathing. Christiane Gelitz, Scientific American, 16 Aug. 2021 Calling an audible: The Ohio High School Athletic Association will reduce the minimum number of games required to make this year’s football playoffs to five instead of the normal eight. cleveland, 30 Aug. 2021 The 15-member steering committee -- appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to recommend the best uses of $1.57 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funds -- endorsed the department's request in a voice vote with no audible dissenters. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2021 Their magic is in their subtle shock, in their audible sensation. Jason Parham, Wired, 19 Aug. 2021 After 1 full minute with no audible bubbling, turn off the heat. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The audibles vary with each game, and game location plays into it. Scott Dochterman, ajc, 4 Oct. 2017 At Ole Miss, Patterson used the coaches on the sideline for checks and audibles. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, 14 Dec. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/audible. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for audible

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 audible (audio) \ noun, plural audibilities
audibly \ ˈȯd-​ə-​blē How to pronounce audible (audio) \ adverb

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