audio

adjective
au·​dio | \ ˈȯ-dē-ˌō How to pronounce audio (audio) \

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

On the technology side, look for premium audio systems with waterproof speakers that can be integrated into your hot tub, as well as a mobile phone apps for remote operation and monitoring. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Buy a Hot Tub That Your Whole Family Will Enjoy," 30 Jan. 2019 That was followed on April 11 by the delivery about about 8,000 DVDs as well as audio books. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Patrons welcome return of Bear Creek library in west Harris County," 23 May 2018 The video footage, along with audio dispatch records released last week, calls into question Peterson’s statement and actions. Mark Berman, BostonGlobe.com, "Video shows officer outside during Fla. school shooting," 15 Mar. 2018 The video footage, along with audio dispatch records released last week, calls into question Peterson's statement and actions. Mark Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Broward Sheriff’s Office releases video recording of deputy during Parkland shooting," 15 Mar. 2018 In 2005, audio engineer Philip Van Praag said the tape revealed that about 13 shots had been fired. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son RFK Jr. doesn't believe it was Sirhan Sirhan," 27 May 2018 In 2005, audio engineer Philip Van Praag said the tape revealed that about 13 shots had been fired. Author: Tom Jackman, Anchorage Daily News, "Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son RFK Jr. doesn’t believe it was Sirhan Sirhan.," 26 May 2018 Both editions were recorded at the Phoenix night club The Jazz Mill by Jack Miller, a young audio engineer. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Guitar giant Barney Kessel shines on new/old live album, 14 years after his death at the age of 80," 17 May 2018 Fifteen years ago, Michelle Nunes had an exciting job as an assistant audio engineer for jazz and classical music in New York City. Ottavia Zappala, azcentral, "Phoenix boutique Noons aims to bring dose of creativity to your closet," 31 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

New York The latest Whitney Biennial’s online guide features audio of many of the 75 individual artists and collectives talking about their work. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "Whitney Biennial Review: Still Protesting, but to What End?," 15 May 2019 But that didn't stop Sony from claiming the rights to the audio in Partita's video. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Sorry, Sony Music, you don’t own the rights to Bach’s music on Facebook," 14 Sep. 2018 Corsi mentioned in his email to Stone began on October 8, 2016 — just hours after the Washington Post published audio of Trump bragging about groping women. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "The story Jerome Corsi is now telling about WikiLeaks is exceedingly hard to believe," 29 Nov. 2018 Live video of the competitors themselves cut to a full-screen shot of the gameplay feed as the shooting began, but audio of gunshots and screaming victims was still being captured. Megan Geuss And Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mass shooting at Florida Madden tournament leaves multiple casualties [Updated]," 26 Aug. 2018 Images of children in cages and audio of toddlers crying sparked widespread outrage, including from the Republican Party and Christian conservatives. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Catch and release’ migrant policy reinstated," 11 July 2018 Soon after the policy was announced, images of children in cages and audio of toddlers crying as they were separated from their parents prompted widespread public outrage, including from the Republican Party and Christian conservatives. New York Times, "As Migrant Families Are Reunited, Some Children Don’t Recognize Their Mothers," 10 July 2018 The administration reversed itself after images and audio of distressed children sparked a backlash, but announced no clear plan to reunify the at least 2,500 boys and girls who remain separated from their mothers and fathers. Emma Brown, Washington Post, "Nonprofit group sets up a hotline to help reunite immigrant families," 28 June 2018 But after images and audio of distressed children prompted a public uproar, Trump changed course and ordered a halt to the practice — raising new questions on where and how to detain families crossing the border illegally. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "March against family separation at border turns confrontational," 23 June 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

independent use of audio- as adjective

Noun

derivative of audio entry 1, or by shortening of words formed with audio- (as audio-signal)

Combining form

Latin audīre "to hear" + -o- — more at audible entry 1

Note: Probably first in audiometer—see etymology note there.

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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 How to pronounce audio (audio) \

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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