Examples of decibel in a Sentence
a rock concert blasting music at 110 decibels
the crowd decibels increased dramatically as the horses neared the finish line
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That’s because people with hearing loss need ambient noise to register lower than 60 decibels to hear and participate in conversations.
Any noise above about 60 decibels (the elevator, the wedding in the lobby) can affect sleep.
The sound level meter came up with a reading of 110.3 decibels.
The need to continuously upgrade submarine stealth capabilities also presents a challenge for the Navy, according to Forbes, who said there comes a time when the cost for another decibel of quietness becomes too expensive.
The streets around Progressive Field clogged with celebrants, car horns honking, shouting and cheering in decibels beyond even the level of the World Series games there, when Cubs fans had bought up hordes of tickets.
Loud noise can harm hearing, especially high-decibel sounds that can trigger ear-ringing tinnitus, ruptured ear drums, even permanent hearing loss.
Fans inside FedEx Forum roared their approval, and Parsons must’ve loved every decibel of their adoration.
These bugs can hit 120 decibels, the intensity of a thunderclap.
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The unit for measuring the relative intensities of sound is called a decibel. Because the decibel scale is logarithmic, a sound with an intensity that is twice that of a reference sound corresponds to an increase of little more than 3 decibels. In common practice, the reference point of 0 decibel is set at the intensity of the least perceptible sound, the threshold of hearing. On such a scale a 10-decibel sound is 10 times the intensity of the reference sound; a 20-decibel sound is 100 times the reference intensity, and so on. Normal conversation is usually around 60 decibels, an electric saw around 100 decibels, and amplified rock music around 120 decibels.
Origin and Etymology of decibel
First Known Use: 1928See Words from the same year
Synonymsbabel, blare, bluster, bowwow, brawl, bruit [archaic], cacophony, chatter, clamor, clangor, decibel (s), din, discordance, katzenjammer, racket, rattle, roar
Antonymsquiet, silence, silentness, still, stillness
Related Wordsdiscord, dissonance; commotion, furor, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly-burly, rumpus, tumult, uproar; clatter, jangle; bang, blast, boom, clap, crack, crash
Near Antonymscalm, hush, lull; quietude, serenity, tranquillity (or tranquility)
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