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 \ ˌȯ-​də-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce auditorily (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for auditory

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Last, the rs-fMRI found reduced connectivity in the patients' auditory and visuospatial networks compared with controls. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain imaging weirdness adds to Cuba “health attack” mystery," 24 July 2019 Sonic branding is on the rise, with the right auditory aesthetics triggering the brain’s amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for mood, emotion, and memory. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "The Sound of Silence: Why Automakers Are Changing the Noise That Electric Vehicles (Don’t) Make," 8 Dec. 2019 The issue that demanded the seemingly obvious auditory reminder should have been rectified. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Why is there an extra length of track at the airport Metro station?," 10 Aug. 2019 The sequence played mainly without music, and the sound team created a fantastic auditory experience from her point of view. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Game of Thrones' Editor on Crafting That Bloody Battle and the Night King's Farewell," 15 Aug. 2019 In the wild, the translation from an auditory alert to a vibrational one would serve to warn clutchmates whose sense of hearing had not yet developed, the researchers suggest. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "Bird Embryos Vibrate to Warn One Another of Danger before They Hatch," 22 July 2019 City planners are making arrangements to make their city easier to navigate for those who are blind by installing auditory crosswalks to help them navigate the streets around town. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Morning Briefing: Dwyane Wade surprises students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduation," 3 June 2019 But what Assaneo observed was rather more interesting and surprising, Poeppel said: The auditory and speech motor activities did stay entrained, but only up to about 5 hertz. Quanta Magazine, "How Brain Waves Surf Sound Waves to Process Speech," 22 May 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The lawyer, Michael Sussman, said Thomas was experiencing auditory hallucinations and may not have been taking his medication for depression and psychosis. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Family of Hanukkah attack victim: "Stand up and stop this hatred"," 2 Jan. 2020 These challenges can increase paranoia, delusion and create auditory or visual hallucinations, Wadkins said. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Halloween can trigger folks with dementia. Here's how to keep them safe this season," 23 Oct. 2019 But in others, microwaves can penetrate deeper into the body and cause symptoms that include auditory hallucinations induced directly in the brain. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "US Intelligence thinks Russia may have microwaved US embassies in Cuba, China," 11 Sep. 2018 Still, Kraus is hopeful that the current research will results in new techniques that can be used to help those with auditory processing or other disorders, as well as concussions. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Athletes have healthier brains that can actually hear better, study says," 9 Dec. 2019 In addition to being on the autism spectrum, Selvaggi-Hernandez is hard of hearing and has auditory processing disabilities, according to the lawsuit. David Owens, courant.com, "Former Enfield school board member with autism sues town, board charging discrimination due to her disability," 4 Dec. 2019 But the new study is the first to take this auditory approach. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "One Way to Lure Fish Back to Damaged Reefs? Play the Sounds of Living Coral," 4 Dec. 2019 Results from the Tsimané, however, indicate that this system may develop differently based on cultural experience, suggesting that the brain’s auditory processing system is more malleable than expected. Quanta Magazine, "Perceptions of Musical Octaves Are Learned, Not Wired in the Brain," 30 Oct. 2019 Part of the allure could be ASMR— auditory sensory meridian response, that tingling felt in the head or neck that follows watching or listening to something to which the viewer has a highly sympathetic reaction. Wired, "The Tao of Goo: Lessons From a Slime Workshop," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of auditory was in the 14th century

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23 Jan 2020

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“Auditory.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auditory. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for auditory

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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