in·​au·​di·​ble | \ (ˌ)i-ˈnȯ-də-bəl How to pronounce inaudible (audio) \

Definition of inaudible

: not audible inaudible comments

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Other Words from inaudible

inaudibility \ (ˌ)i-​ˌnȯ-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inaudibility (audio) \ noun
inaudibly \ (ˌ)i-​ˈnȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce inaudibly (audio) \ adverb

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With its negative prefix in-, inaudible means the opposite of audible. What's clearly audible to you may be inaudible to your elderly grandfather. Modern spy technology can turn inaudible conversations into audible ones with the use of high-powered directional microphones, so if you think you're being spied on, make sure there's a lot of other noise around you. And if you don't want everyone around you to know you're bored, keep your sighs inaudible.

Examples of inaudible in a Sentence

She spoke so quietly that she was almost inaudible. The sound is inaudible to humans but can be heard by dogs.
Recent Examples on the Web That includes projects like improving Interstate 71 (inaudible). USA Today, "At a campaign stop in 2016, candidate Trump promised help for 'obsolete' Ohio River bridge. Did he deliver?," 27 Oct. 2020 The white man muttered something inaudible and walked off. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "In the Streets with Antifa," 25 Oct. 2020 Another neighbor, whose name was inaudible, called 911 from the 4600 block of Lanier Ave. Colin Campbell,, "'The whole house blew up’: Neighbors describe explosion in 911 calls before major fire in Northwest Baltimore," 23 Oct. 2020 The shoddy sound system, including a mostly inaudible backing track, forced some to leave early. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "A history of Anchorage vs. rap music," 20 Sep. 2020 And while many of the topics on the docket were inaudible with all the talking over each other, one that was discussed was the climate crisis. Eliza Huber,, "Jill Biden Wore The Same Dress Not Once But Twice Before The Debate," 30 Sep. 2020 The reaction from the mask-wearing crowd was inaudible on television as Trump frequently talked over Biden. Katelyn Umholtz,, "How did the 1st presidential debate go? It veered from 'How you doing?' to 'Will you shut up?'," 29 Sep. 2020 On the inaudible conversation question, I wasn’t bothered. Mary Colurso |, al, "We went back to the movies for ‘Tenet,’ and here’s what we found," 15 Sep. 2020 Other recent examples of this brand of cybersecurity research include spying on conversations with a light bulb, watching the amount of data that a webcam produces to see if anyone is home, and using inaudible waves to trigger Siri. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Hackers Can Pick Your Locks Just By Listening," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of inaudible

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inaudible

Late Latin inaudibilis, from Latin in- + Late Latin audibilis audible

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The first known use of inaudible was in 1601

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5 Nov 2020

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“Inaudible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce inaudible (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inaudible

: impossible to hear : not audible


in·​au·​di·​ble | \ i-ˈnȯ-də-bəl How to pronounce inaudible (audio) \

Kids Definition of inaudible

: impossible to hear an inaudible whisper

Other Words from inaudible

inaudibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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