au·​ral | \ ˈȯr-əl How to pronounce aural (audio) \

Definition of aural

: of or relating to the ear or to the sense of hearing visual and aural sensations

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aurality \ ȯ-​ˈra-​lə-​tē How to pronounce aurality (audio) \ noun
aurally \ ˈȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce aurally (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of aural in a Sentence

a quiet room for people seeking relief from the overload of aural stimulus just outside
Recent Examples on the Web Although some claim to have recorded the sound (above), this can’t be verified and researchers aren’t even sure if the hum is a real external noise, a powerful but rare aural illusion, or, who knows, some kind of government mind-control experiment. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "These 8 Mysteries of the West Remain Unsolved (and Are Turning Us into Obsessive Armchair Sleuths)," 10 Jan. 2020 Their glitchy images complement the aural static, but the latter seems paramount. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Time Capsule’ retrospective highlights jazz’s influence on Frank Stewart," 20 Dec. 2019 For me, the cues are aural (the ping, the French horn) and visual (pop-ups on the screen). Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, "Can Brain Science Help Us Break Bad Habits?," 21 Oct. 2019 Also a plus: haunting, bittersweet swaths of watercolor-style animation and lovely scoring (mainly by Dylan Stark and Ben Johnson) meant to evoke Beethoven’s fraught aural world. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Documentary ‘Moonlight Sonata’ fitfully connects deafness, family and Beethoven," 19 Sep. 2019 Barn owls have excellent hearing, and their entire face, McGowan says, is constructed not unlike a giant set of ears, built for funneling sound into their aural opening. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Internet Thinks These Things Are Aliens. The Truth Is Much More Sinister.," 14 Nov. 2019 The dishes, revealed afterward on a menu card, play off the visual and aural cues, often in surprising ways. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "This virtual reality dining experience is trippy — and might be the future of restaurants," 11 Dec. 2019 Also inhibiting people’s openness to lengthy texts like the Mueller report, is the common misconception that each person has one learning style: visual, aural, reading/written or tactile. Bianca Sanchez,, "Do the reading! What college professors and Robert Mueller have in common.," 23 July 2019 These aural pleasures are so well established that the Aztecs have an onomatopoeic word for the sound of several kernels popping at once: totopoca. S. Whitney Holmes, The New Yorker, "Inside Popcorn’s Multisensory Appeal," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of aural

1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aural

Latin auris ear — more at ear

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The first known use of aural was in 1773

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19 Jan 2020

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“Aural.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aural

: relating to the ear or sense of hearing


au·​ral | \ ˈȯr-əl How to pronounce aural (audio) \

Kids Definition of aural

: of or relating to the ear or sense of hearing

Other Words from aural

aurally adverb


au·​ral | \ ˈȯr-əl How to pronounce aural (audio) \

Medical Definition of aural

: of or relating to the ear or to the sense of hearing

Other Words from aural

aurally \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce aurally (audio) \ adverb

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