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 Watching at home on television, every mumble — or in the case of Colorado’s Lauren Boebert, the unfurling of a silver blanket meant to troll Democrats about the children laying under them in refugee camps along the U.S.-Mexican border — was audible. Philip Elliott, Time, "Biden Reaches the Summit of American Power in a Way Never Imagined," 29 Apr. 2021 The biggest change from the last president to this one may be audible. USA Today, "At 100 days (and after a lifetime in politics): The surprising presidency of Joe Biden," 28 Apr. 2021 In Glen Park, the recreation center is in an urban environment near O’Shaughnessy Boulevard that leads to a nearby hospital, where sirens are audible. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "See the adorable baby owls in S.F.'s Glen Park as they star in local filmmaker's videos," 22 Apr. 2021 With a small crowd Wednesday, the usual audience taunts jeering the Reign were less audible than normal. oregonlive, "Portland Thorns clinch NWSL Challenge Cup final spot, beat rival OL Reign via gorgeous Lindsey Horan free kick," 22 Apr. 2021 The AirTags are located by an iPhone using geolocation, input from the camera, audible signals, and haptic feedback. Gear Team, Wired, "Everything Apple Announced Today: New iMacs, iPads, AirTags," 20 Apr. 2021 The audible sleight of hand that was practiced by some of our favorite DJs was a centerpiece of the pre-pandemic club scene. Kwasi Boadi, Billboard, "Watch: Billboard Launches New DJ-Focused Series ‘Mash Up the Charts’," 20 Apr. 2021 As the danger bubbled to the surface, there was an audible intake of breath among Manchester City’s substitutes. New York Times, "The Moral Case for Buying Erling Haaland," 17 Apr. 2021 Murmurs were audible as the third through eighth picks each came and went without Evans hearing her name called. Michael Osipoff, chicagotribune.com, "Louisville star Dana Evans was projected as a top-eight pick in the WNBA draft. She went 13th. The 5-foot-6 guard from Gary’s West Side has more to prove.," 16 Apr. 2021 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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“Audible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/audible. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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

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