auditory

noun
au·di·to·ry | \ˈȯ-də-ˌtȯr-ē \

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), 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

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 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," 14 Mar. 2018 Its album is a full-spectrum auditory experience, the sound of renegade toys weeping after a bender — curious, saccharine, unsteady and twee, but not weak. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The New Indie Pop: Off-Kilter, Handmade, Whimsical and Emotional," 7 Mar. 2018 The longer the exposure time, the higher the auditory risk. Joyce Cohen, PEOPLE.com, "Texas Woman Warns Others After Loud MRI Permanently Damages Her Ears: 'I Live a Life of Misery'," 26 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But for some people, random patterns and abstract lights were enough to create the auditory illusion. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Why Some People “Hear” Silent GIFs," 21 Mar. 2018 More common were persistent balance, cognitive, visual and auditory dysfunction, sleep impairment and headaches, which variously affected about 15 percent to nearly 19 percent of the patients. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Penn doctors release initial report on U.S. diplomats' health problems | Miami Herald," 14 Feb. 2018 For people with schizophrenia, avatars that embody a person's auditory hallucinations also show promise. Amy Ellis Nutt, Washington Post, "To Your Health newsletter," 2 July 2018 Just a couple days later, the internet is at it again, having surfaced yet another bizarre auditory illusion that has quickly gone viral. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "What's Up With All These Viral Illusions?," 18 May 2018 Sighted guides stationed behind the goals also gave auditory cues. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "With hopes of a national team, Maryland School for the Blind hosts camp for visually impaired soccer players," 29 June 2018 Music certainly helps reinforce present-day cliques, especially the auditory cheesecake that dominates teens’ playlists. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 Like Dizzy Gillespie using a mute to tame the timbre of his trumpet, Bloxvox promises to bring auditory order to open offices, subways, and other noisy spaces. Alex Kingsbury, BostonGlobe.com, "Innovation of the Week: Human muting technology," 25 May 2018 Joe Toscano, who studies auditory perception at Villanova University, couldn’t answer that question, perhaps because he, like everyone, is trapped in the prison of his own mind, unable to know for sure what is real outside of it. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "What's Up With All These Viral Illusions?," 18 May 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, from Latin auditorium

Adjective

Late Latin auditorius

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More Definitions for auditory

auditory

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of auditory

: relating to hearing or the ears

auditory

adjective
au·di·to·ry | \ˈȯ-də-ˌtȯr-ē \

Kids Definition of auditory

: of or relating to hearing an auditory nerve

auditory

adjective
au·di·to·ry | \ˈȯd-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- \

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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