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
Recent Examples of decibel from the Web
In Boston, an analysis suggested only 54% of the complaints Massport received resulted from noise louder than 45 decibels—about the level of background noise.
As Wey cleans, his lilting Nigerian accent seems to cascade across bare counter tops and barrel into the newly empty shelves, elevating his voice few a decibels above normal.
People living in cities are regularly exposed (against their will) to noise above 85 decibels from sources like traffic, subways, industrial activity, and airports.
However, some companies allow their PSAPs to magnify sound above 80 decibels, which may be harmful, Denneny says.
That standing-room-only, Arlington gymnasium couldn’t have gone under 110 decibels the entire night (or under 110 degrees, either).
High decibel levels from road traffic and airplanes, for example, has been linked to high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure — even after controlling for other factors like air pollution and socioeconomic status.
But this collective rise in decibel level has provided a resonance for women’s narratives.
And the volume can hit a jackhammer-loud 120 decibels or more.
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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
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