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 auditory (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 In an office setting, a therapist typically uses a light bar or auditory stimulus. Star Tribune, "Macalester senior makes eye movement therapy accessible and affordable with an app," 11 Dec. 2020 The brain’s auditory system has to cope with the impaired input. Quanta Magazine, "Deep Neural Networks Help to Explain Living Brains," 28 Oct. 2020 The comorbidity with the highest odds ratio, 3.06, was developmental disorders, such as delays in development and disorders of speech and language, scholastic skills, and central auditory processing. Robin Gelburd, STAT, "Developmental disorders top the medical conditions that heighten the risk of dying from Covid-19," 11 Nov. 2020 Developmental disorders include those of speech and language, as well as central auditory processing disorders, some of which may be caused by an underlying condition like cerebral palsy. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Developmental Disabilities Heighten Risk of Covid Death," 10 Nov. 2020 Previous research revealed jumping spiders can similarly pick up auditory signals with these special leg sensors, but this is the first time the ability has been documented in net-casting spiders. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Ultra-Sensitive Hearing Allows Spiders to Cast a Net on Unsuspecting Prey," 29 Oct. 2020 Testing spiders' hearing Monitoring the spiders' response to auditory stimuli through nanotechnology electrodes inserted in their brains and legs, as the researchers did, is no easy feat. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "These spiders lack ears. But they can hear you, study says," 29 Oct. 2020 During an education career that spans four decades, Aki has worked in several roles, as a specialist, a teacher to students with auditory impairments, an early childhood special education teacher and a kindergarten teacher. Tracy Maness, Chron, "Former Katy ISD rodeo pavilion may be renamed after career educator," 27 Oct. 2020 This, according to the researchers, showed that the spiders use auditory cues to detect and capture flying prey. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "These spiders lack ears. But they can hear you, study says," 29 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But as live events moved into the digital realm, Whitney, who has used a wheelchair since 2007, shifted his focus toward digital access for individuals with auditory and visual disabilities. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Change Agents: Leaders Stepping Up In A Year of Turmoil," 28 Jan. 2021 For the first time, all the auditory emissions of the eighties are together in one place. Jonathan Zeller, The New Yorker, "Sounds of the Eighties," 18 Nov. 2020 An event known for its traditions, the 84th Masters was contested for the first time without fans, who are normally an essential part of the visual and auditory experience. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Dustin Johnson Wins 2020 Masters in Record Fashion," 15 Nov. 2020 Psilocybins can produce visual and auditory hallucinations and profound changes in consciousness over a few hours after ingestion, the study said. Katie Hunt, CNN, "'Magic mushroom' ingredient could work as mental health treatment," 7 Nov. 2020 After patient work, Piglet and Melissa Shapiro didn’t need visual or auditory cues to communicate. National Geographic, "When oil drilling meets threatened wildlife," 29 Oct. 2020 Hobbes, who had used a similar method in his work, proposed re-creating their process in an auditory format. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "How We Lie to Ourselves About History," 12 Oct. 2020 This improved the overall auditory ambiance of the game by layering the sound appropriately over the game's haunting background music. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Panasonic SoundSlayer review: What are the advantages of a soundbar built specifically for gaming?," 22 Sep. 2020 Howard, a 39-year-old artist and mom, has anxiety, a panic disorder, ADHD, and an auditory-sensory disorder. Lauren Rowello, Health.com, "Stimming: What This Behavior Is and Why People Do It," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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“Auditory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auditory. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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