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

The microphones and audio equipment came on loan from Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, where the final mix was done along with a screening with legendary soundman Ben Burtt (Star Wars series, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blade Runner). Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "'Cold Blue' Shows the B-17 Bomber Like You've Never Seen It Before," 16 May 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Based on body camera footage, wiretap audio, written correspondence and court testimony, the officers’ activities started long before the Gun Trace Task Force formed and continued even as complaints racked up against them. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Justin Fenton discusses key takeaways from his 'Cops and Robbers' Gun Trace Task Force series," 12 June 2019 Sony is also promising that the PS5 will support up to 8K graphics, 3D audio, SSD storage, and backwards compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 titles. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft unveils next-generation ‘Scarlett’ Xbox, arrives in fall 2020," 9 June 2019 Instruct supervisors to attempt to obtain and review all audio and video recordings from police as well as bystanders, security cameras and other sources of information. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New use-of-force policies aim to change first aid treatment, handling of suicidal civilians and more," 6 June 2019 Native ARKit integration handles the rendering, environmental and camera effects, animations and audio, and much more. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple shares its vision for macOS 10.15 Catalina: Cross-platform apps are key," 3 June 2019 In the audio, released by television station KCTV on Thursday, a woman identified as Mr. Hill’s fiancée, Crystal Espinal, accuses him of hitting their son. ... Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Chiefs Receiver Tyreek Hill Faces Renewed Domestic-Abuse Probe After Disturbing Audio Recording," 26 Apr. 2019 Nvidia equipped the board with three USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, a MIPI-CSI camera connector, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, and I2S audio out, along with expansion options for a Wi-Fi card, a fan, and a UART header. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit brings GPU-supercharged AI smarts to maker projects," 18 Mar. 2019 And the wide touch screen above those controls is simple enough to navigate for audio, navigation, trip computer, infotainment apps and more. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Honda Accord 2.0T: Near perfect, in an imperfect world," 1 June 2018 The convertible roof sits above an adjustable double bed, and the high-design interior of the trailer features teak flooring, a leather rear wall, and options for a 32-inch flat screen TV and Bose audio system. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Aluminum camper trailer features a convertible roof for star gazing," 13 Aug. 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-animatronic

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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 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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