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 About 11 seconds go by when there is more inaudible shouting. Ginger Rough, Indianapolis Star, "'No justice, no peace': Crowds gather after Indianapolis police fatally shoot man," 7 May 2020 Its start was delayed, while Biden’s speech was inaudible at times and viewers had trouble asking the former vice president questions. Jennifer Epstein,, "Biden Hasn’t Been Tested for Virus, Aides Say: Campaign Update," 7 May 2020 His voice became almost inaudible, his handwriting almost illegible. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "Robert Conquest: Sovietologist and Poet," 28 Apr. 2020 Though inaudible to humans, these signals could still work with a device’s speech-recognition system. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Ultrasonic Attack Device Hacks Phones through Solid Objects," 18 Mar. 2020 That's true in New York, that's true in virtually every city [inaudible]. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Bloomberg takes debate beating over stop-and-frisk," 20 Feb. 2020 Basically, this technique uses the speakers on your device to determine your location based on high-frequency signals (inaudible to the average human ear), tracks your route and daily habits, including what retailers you frequent. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Don’t panic, but companies are harvesting data straight from your brain," 30 Jan. 2020 The other, inaudible and vanquished, The delay is just right, phase in essence. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Hollow corkscrews may put a cork in noisy ventilation," 14 Apr. 2020 In the after shot, the sound of the crackling chips are inaudible. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Microsoft sees huge boost to Teams with 44 million, with COVID-19 sending workers home," 19 Mar. 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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11 May 2020

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“Inaudible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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