loudness

noun
loud·​ness | \ ˈlau̇d-nəs How to pronounce loudness (audio) \

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

Examples of loudness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sound was balanced across the board but lacked some vibrancy and loudness. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 Sound was balanced across the board but lacked some vibrancy and loudness. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 Adjusting the loudness of your tunes involves either sliding your finger back and forth or tapping on the plus or minus button. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Mercedes Floods 2021 S-Class with New and Updated Technology," 2 Sep. 2020 Sound was balanced across the board but lacked some vibrancy and loudness. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 Decibels measures the loudness of a sound while hertz measures the frequency of a sound. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4," 3 July 2020 Sound was balanced across the board but lacked some vibrancy and loudness. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 16 June 2020 Still, to some composers, loudness remains elemental. New York Times, "Loud, Louder, Loudest: How Classical Music Started to Roar," 17 Apr. 2020 What would normally make barkers stand out — their loudness, their pushiness — blends them in to the carnival of a night out on Macdougal. Alex Traub, New York Times, "Secrets of the Oldest Comedy Club Barker on Macdougal Street," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of loudness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2020

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“Loudness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loudness. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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