auditory

noun
au·​di·​to·​ry | \ ˈȯ-də-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce auditory (audio) \

Definition of auditory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : audience
2 archaic : auditorium

auditory

adjective

Definition of auditory (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or experienced through hearing auditory stimuli

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Other Words from auditory

Adjective

auditorily adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for auditory

Synonyms: Adjective

acoustic (or acoustical), audial, audile, aural, auricular

Antonyms: Adjective

nonauditory

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Auditory is close in meaning to acoustic and acoustical, but auditory usually refers more to hearing than to sound. For instance, many dogs have great auditory (not acoustic) powers, and the auditory nerve lets us hear by connecting the inner ear to the brain. Acoustic and acoustical instead refer especially to instruments and the conditions under which sound can be heard; so architects concern themselves with the acoustic properties of an auditorium, and instrument makers with those of a clarinet or piano.

Examples of auditory in a Sentence

Adjective

The patient has damage to the auditory nerve. I have a bad auditory memory—unless I see a word in writing, and not just hear it, I forget it easily.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Julien Dossena put together an awesome, aural collection for Paco Rabanne, which combined high-shine dresses with a twinkly auditory experience. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Fall 2018: The Women’s and Men’s Edition," 27 Aug. 2018 Julien Dossena put together an awesome, aural collection for Paco Rabanne, which combined high-shine dresses with a twinkly auditory experience. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Fall 2018: The Women’s and Men’s Edition," 27 Aug. 2018 Julien Dossena put together an awesome, aural collection for Paco Rabanne, which combined high-shine dresses with a twinkly auditory experience. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Fall 2018: The Women’s and Men’s Edition," 27 Aug. 2018 During the 18-minute 55-second segment, the vehicle provided two visual alerts and one auditory alert for the driver to place his hands on the steering wheel. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NTSB: Tesla's Autopilot Steered Into Barrier in Fatal Crash," 7 June 2018 During that time, the system provided two visual and one auditory alert for the driver to put his hands back on the steering wheel, the agency said. Mike Spector, WSJ, "Tesla Autopilot System Warned Driver to Put Hands on Wheel, U.S. Investigators Say," 7 June 2018 During the nearly 19-minute period, Autopilot flashed two visual alerts and issued one auditory alert, the report said, with all three coming 15 minutes before the crash. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Tesla Model X on Autopilot sped up seconds before deadly crash in Silicon Valley, report says," 7 June 2018 There were two visual alerts and one auditory alert for the driver to place his hands on the steering wheel, but those alerts were made more than 15 minutes before the crash. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla’s Autopilot steered car toward barrier before deadly crash, investigators say," 7 June 2018 Image Perry Ritter’s tiny saxophone repair shop in Midtown Manhattan is as much a visual flight of fancy as a jazz solo is an auditory one. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "The Exacting Art of Saxophone Repair," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Twelve years later—eight years after her first auditory hallucination—she was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Anna Altman, The New Yorker, "In “The Collected Schizophrenias,” Esmé Weijun Wang Maps the Terrain of Her Mental Illness," 4 June 2019 The crosswalks, which give an auditory beep and give voice instructions, are being installed at multiple crosswalks around the city at a cost of $6,000 each. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Morning Briefing: Dwyane Wade surprises students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduation," 3 June 2019 Additionally, when the volunteers first began wearing the ear molds and their test scores took a dive, their auditory neurons were firing in a much more disorganized manner. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "How the Shape of Your Ears Affects What You Hear," 6 Mar. 2018 The man had suffered from auditory and other hallucinations since 2016 and had been diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder, the police said, citing the man’s family and hospital records. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Explosion Near U.S. Embassy in Beijing," 26 July 2018 According to a study in the journal Cortext, about 20 to 30 percent of people will experience an auditory sensation when viewing these silent, moving GIFs. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "When You See These GIFs, Do You Hear a Sound?," 15 July 2018 After examining his brain via a CT scan, the doctors diagnosed the man with what's known as necrotizing otitis externa, an infection in the soft tissue of the external auditory canal (the part of the ear canal from outside the ear to the drum). Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Man Developed a Near-Fatal Infection in His Brain Lining After Using a Cotton Swab," 15 Mar. 2019 Even children raised in the city experience a kind of auditory horror vacui in cities that don’t have them. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 His verbal learning and memory and auditory memory had jumped from substandard to superior. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of auditory

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for auditory

Noun

Middle English auditorie, borrowed from Latin audītōrium "hall, body of listeners" — more at auditorium

Adjective

borrowed from Late Latin audītōrius, from audīre "to hear" + -tōrius, deverbal adjective suffix originally forming derivatives from agent nouns ending in -tōr-, -tor — more at audible entry 1

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auditory

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of auditory

technical : relating to hearing or the ears

auditory

adjective
au·​di·​to·​ry | \ ˈȯ-də-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce auditory (audio) \

Kids Definition of auditory

: of or relating to hearing an auditory nerve

auditory

adjective
au·​di·​to·​ry | \ ˈȯd-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce auditory (audio) \

Medical Definition of auditory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to hearing
2 : attained, experienced, or produced through or as if through hearing auditory images auditory hallucinations
3 : marked by great susceptibility to impressions and reactions produced by acoustic stimuli an auditory individual

auditory

noun
plural auditories

Medical Definition of auditory (Entry 2 of 2)

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