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

Of course, there is an inherent challenge of capturing the in situ acoustics in the first place, since getting audio equipment in and out of caves can be difficult. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 Playing music and other audio content is far and away the most successful current use case for voice assistants. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 Both feature built-in audio solutions that pipe out of the straps. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "HTC Vive Focus hands-on impressions: No-PC, no-wires VR at a too-steep price," 9 Nov. 2018 Both Harry and Meghan have recorded audio commentary for a new exhibition which has just opened up at Windsor Castle, which looks back at their wedding day and features both Meghan’s dress and her tiara on public display. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Revealed How He Helped Meghan Markle to Choose Her Wedding Day Tiara," 26 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Check out his dramatic entrance here (sorry, no audio): Turner, for her part, went as an elephant in a comfy onesie. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Joe Jonas Dressed Up as Fiancée Sophie Turner's Game of Thrones Character for Halloween," 28 Oct. 2018 The audio clip puzzled many who heard it, and sparked its fair share of disagreements for people who heard one of the above words instead of the other. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Just Reignited This Year's Biggest Controversy and Fans Have a Lot to Say," 24 Oct. 2018 From their headquarters in an administration building (red star), LPS’s security team can view live video and audio, see which doors are locked or open, and remotely trigger lockdown alarms for any school. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 The 50-second audio clip was released by Brian Kemp’s campaign on July 9. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Georgia Republican governor candidate says primary was race for 'who could be the craziest'," 10 July 2018 But out of the box, even the best phones have crappy lighting, miserable audio, and footage that bounces around like the operator’s being kidnapped. Matt Jancer, Outside Online, "Turn Your Phone into a Pro Adventure Movie Maker," 11 June 2018 Dispatch audio of the first dispatch call and when police officers enter Santa Fe High School during the school shooting. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Black 8th-graders at Texas school all received the same racist, threatening texts | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 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

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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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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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