loud·​ness ˈlau̇d-nəs How to pronounce loudness (audio)
: 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

Examples of loudness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most obvious way to stand out in a big, loud multitude is to be louder, and loudness, with a side helping of eeriness, was more or less the métier of the mid-century Italian artist Domenico Gnoli. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 2 May 2024 Sequoia Pro supports up to 32-channel surround with loudness normalization and dynamic limiting. PCMAG, 30 Apr. 2024 Their emotional commitment, brash loudness, wild humor, four-way team spirit, has no connection to anything else happening tonight. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2024 What about knowing the many technical details around limiting and maximizing to hit loudness standards of the major streaming services? Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2024 To control the Juke Box from the comfort of an armchair, there’s an infrared remote control that can be used for switching inputs, adjusting volume levels and accessing more sophisticated controls like bass, treble and loudness. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Yet such transducers can produce the sound quality and the loudness of the best miniature dynamic speakers. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Feb. 2024 There's also a Smart option that essentially picks one of those three ANC modes based on the loudness of your listening environment. PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 Controls here are limited but do offer adjustments to sibilance, EQ, stereo width, and loudness. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loudness was before the 12th century

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“Loudness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loudness. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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