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 inaudible (audio) \ noun
inaudibly \ (ˌ)i-​ˈnȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce inaudible (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 Planes hum overhead; cold cans are cracked open; sighed lyrics are rendered inaudible. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "On Their New Albums, Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe Find New Ways to Disrupt Country Music," 6 May 2021 Schielke, who obtained the initially inaudible video last August, worked with a forensics audio engineer to capture the dialogue. Washington Post, "After violently arresting woman, 73, with dementia, police laughed about it, video shows: ‘We crushed it’," 27 Apr. 2021 The deposited pups immediately open their mouths and shudder with the force of their inaudible-to-human-ears distress cries. Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Motherhood," 22 Apr. 2021 Parts of their conversation are inaudible, and drowned out by background noise. New York Times, "Her Film on Sex Assault Depicts Her Own and Fuels a #MeToo Moment," 24 Mar. 2021 Nelson also asked Reyerson about a nearly inaudible statement Floyd made while being held on the ground that was picked up on police body camera video. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, "Key takeaways from the Derek Chauvin trial in George Floyd's death, Day 8," 7 Apr. 2021 The study had people sit 1 to 2 feet from a smart speaker, which starts playing an inaudible continuous sound. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Researchers develop system for smart speakers like Amazon Echo to monitor heartbeats," 10 Mar. 2021 According to reports, the dialogue was inaudible in much of the cavernous dome. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, "'Brewster McCloud' is a good, classic Texas movie filmed in Houston's Astrodome - the first in the dome - you have to watch," 17 Mar. 2021 Underwood, who was anchoring the show that day, turned to the camera and tried to segue to a commercial break, but Osbourne continued to nip with a response that was largely inaudible because of the bleeped language. Washington Post, "‘The Talk’ goes on hiatus after heated segment about Sharon Osbourne’s defense of Piers Morgan," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Inaudible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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