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 yoga instructor shared a video on Instagram revealing her pregnancy with the baby's heartbeat audible in the background. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "'We had a baby last night': Alec and Hilaria Baldwin welcome a baby boy," 10 Sep. 2020 This sound is an audible reminder that the BWC is recording. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "4 Houston police officers fired after fatal shooting," 10 Sep. 2020 A half dozen people stood in the yard listening to music audible only within a few feet. USA Today, "'So much for honor': Despite COVID cases, college students threw Labor Day weekend of parties," 9 Sep. 2020 The noise emanating from the Texas State coaches box on the upper level of Bobcat Stadium was audible groans at the same split second that the ball hit a Bobcats player’s hands and hit the turf. Dallas News, "Amid an unusual college football atmosphere, SMU’s defense carries Mustangs in win over Texas State," 6 Sep. 2020 Clergymen, who had been sitting behind the podium, rush to his side as an audible gasp is heard from the audience. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "African priest wearing coronavirus face mask suddenly collapses, dies during sermon, video shows," 2 Sep. 2020 The video Scavino shared also added loud snoring sounds, which are not audible in the real Belafonte footage. Donie O'sullivan And Daniel Dale, CNN, "Republicans are flooding the internet with deceptive videos and Big Tech isn't keeping up," 1 Sep. 2020 New fencing was set up along the White House perimeter to keep the protesters at bay, but some of their shouts and car horns were clearly audible on the South Lawn where more than 1,500 people gathered. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Trump lashes Biden, defies pandemic on White House stage," 28 Aug. 2020 Earlier in the summer, demonstrators were audible during some outdoor presidential events. Arkansas Online, "Trump's big night: Expect talk of GOP progress, Dem anarchy," 27 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Former middle linebacker Luke Kuechly joins Carolina Panthers' front office as pro scout," 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, "Urban Meyer has ‘lot of respect’ for Gophers defense in red zone," 14 Nov. 2019 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 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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15 Sep 2020

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“Audible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/audible. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for audible

audible

adjective
How to pronounce audible (audio)

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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