Definition of loudness
: the attribute of a sound that determines the magnitude of the auditory sensation produced and that primarily depends on the amplitude of the sound wave involved
Recent Examples of loudness from the Web
However! Mayweather decided to turn up the volume—with his style, with his cringe-worthy insults, with literally the loudness of his voice—for the last stop on the tour tonight in London.
That song epitomizes the longevity of this band because Metallica was not built on loudness alone.
And one editor wondered about the $1850 Meridian sound system’s lack of loudness when listened to from outside of the Rover while tailgating.
On its own, 65 decibels is no big deal — somewhere between the loudness of a conversation in a restaurant and a vacuum cleaner.
Communication researchers at Northern Illinois University offer up Lucy as a typical bully, one who uses belligerence, loudness and threats to get others to comply.
Mlangeni displayed a knack for portraying the whirling African megalopolis with an uncluttered minimalism—wide angles, smoky landscapes, eschewing loudness yet alert to the dramatic.
Keep in mind that decibels are measured on a logarithmic scale, meaning that every increase of 10 dBs is equivalent to a 10-fold increase in sound intensity (roughly a doubling in loudness).
The rest of the album by and large maintains a concentrated intensity without using much harshness or loudness.
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First Known Use of loudness
before 12th century
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