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\ ˈȯ-​də-​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

Sun Juong’s audible gasp alerted the young lovers to her presence. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018 The singers sound very different—from powerhouse to barely audible. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Mile-Long Opera: A Biography of 7 O’Clock’ Review: A Theme-Park Performance," 8 Oct. 2018 That same personable energy seeped into the KCON crowd to earn TWICE the type of screams most expect to hear for America's biggest pop sensations and act as a thunderingly audible reminder to why TWICE is one of K-pop's global leaders. Jeff Benjamin, Teen Vogue, "TWICE Reflect on How Their K-Pop Brand Connects Around the World at KCON 2018 Los Angeles," 17 Aug. 2018 But, using a phone off airplane mode in-flight can still cause audible interference on the aircraft’s radios, where pilots hear what sounds kind of like a CD skipping. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Reminder: You Still Can't Make Phone Calls on a Flight," 9 July 2018 There were audible groans, though, on the opening hole with each of his subsequent shots. Barry Wilner, BostonGlobe.com, "Horrible start (triple bogey) and finish (78) for Tiger Woods in US Open," 15 June 2018 While there were no audible gasps in the room at NASA headquarters (at least that the microphones picked up), there were a few smiles and raised eyebrows. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "NASA’s Jim Bridenstine Agrees Humans Are Responsible for Climate Change," 17 May 2018 Music, played for trampolining, is faintly audible. Molly Creeden, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Takes on Hollywood With the World’s Best ChapStick and This Perfume Obsession," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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 \

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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