audio

adjective
au·​dio | \ˈȯ-dē-ˌō \

Definition of audio 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of or relating to acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves which are of frequencies approximately from 15 to 20,000 hertz

2a : of or relating to sound or its reproduction and especially high-fidelity reproduction

b : relating to or used in the transmission or reception of sound — compare video

c : of, relating to, or utilizing recorded sound

audio

noun

Definition of audio (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an audio signal broadly : sound entry 1

2 : the section of television or motion-picture equipment that deals with sound

3 : the transmission, reception, or reproduction of sound

Definition of audio- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : hearing audiometer

2 : sound audiophile

3 : auditory and audiovisual

Examples of audio in a Sentence

Adjective

The audio portion of the broadcast was fine but the picture was poor. They listened to an audio recording of the speech.

Noun

The picture was clear but the audio was very poor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That’s reasonable, since the Times report — based on an audio tape of the Stankey-Plepler talk — was most people’s only reference point. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Here’s what HBO’s new boss really said about the company’s plans under AT&T," 10 July 2018 The audio quality of hands-free phone calls is very poor. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 2019 Jetta is Volkswagen’s best compact sedan," 12 July 2018 The one downside to this setup compared to the Echo Show is audio quality. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Amazon’s dock makes the Fire tablet a better Echo Show," 12 July 2018 This does not include wheelchairs. ► Detachable-lens cameras ► Recording devices of any kind including professional recording equipment, GoPros, audio recording equipment and video recording equipment. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Sun block is fine, but leave weapons and food at home when heading to Forecastle," 11 July 2018 Japan’s Audio-Technica thinks of itself as a producer of professional audio equipment that just happens to also do some consumer-grade stuff. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Audio-Technica R70x review: the definition of neutral headphones," 6 July 2018 Caren Morrison, a Georgia State University law professor and former prosecutor, said audio files could be the result of recordings made by informants, wiretaps, witness interviews or other means. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Atlanta bribery evidence against Mitzi Bickers includes recordings," 10 July 2018 Papa!’’ one child is heard weeping in the audio file that was first reported Monday by the nonprofit ProPublica and later provided to The Associated Press. Nomaan Merchant And Anita Snow, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Papa! Papa!’ Audio of children crying for parents stokes rage over separation," 19 June 2018 Installing and maintaining audio systems (and video systems) for local churches has become an increasingly large part of his business. Gavin Edwards, charlotteobserver, "Pianos, mules, guitar strings: A 106-year-old family business is bidding it all goodbye," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Presentations include state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Blue Star families honored," 13 July 2018 Originally founded in 2002, Sonos has dominated the high-end market of multi-room audio, but competitors have been catching up rapidly in recent years. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Sonos launches AirPlay 2 support for latest speakers," 11 July 2018 The video, along with audio and parametric data from the flight was being sent to investigators, who could download the information as soon as Tuesday. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Cockpit video could shed light on Far South Side helicopter crash, investigators say," 9 July 2018 They are made by feeding a computer an algorithm, or set of instructions, lots of images and audio of a certain person. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "I never said that! High-tech deception of ‘deepfake’ videos," 3 July 2018 The videos do not contain audio and did not appear to offer much new information in the case. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Sacramento police release new surveillance videos of man who died in custody," 28 June 2018 Horrifying audio and photos of the distressed children have spurred mass protests and fundraisers for groups trying to help at the border. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Now We Know Where Babies and Toddlers Are Being Held at the Border," 20 June 2018 There are the cyborg telemarketers, who sit in call centers playing prerecorded bits of audio to simulate a conversation. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "No One Picks Up the Phone Anymore," 31 May 2018 The Echo, for example, continuously records small pieces of audio on the device that it is supposed to automatically erase unless it is activated. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon Alexa-Powered Device Recorded and Shared User’s Conversation Without Permission," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of audio

Adjective

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for audio

Adjective

audio-

Combining form

Latin audire to hear — more at audible

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6 Oct 2018

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The first known use of audio was in 1907

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audio

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of audio

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: of or relating to the sound that is heard on a recording or broadcast

audio

noun

English Language Learners Definition of audio (Entry 2 of 3)

: the sound that is heard on a recording or broadcast

English Language Learners Definition of audio- (Entry 3 of 3)

: relating to hearing or sound

audio

adjective
au·​dio | \ˈȯ-dē-ˌō \

Kids Definition of audio

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to sound or its reproduction

2 : relating to or used in the transmitting or receiving of sound (as in radio or television)

audio

noun

Kids Definition of audio (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the transmitting, receiving, or reproducing of sound

2 : the section of television equipment that deals with sound

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