loud·​ness | \ ˈlau̇d-nəs \

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

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Every six decibels is perceived by the ears as about a doubling of loudness. Julia Belluz, Vox, "How your cycling class could give you hearing loss," 31 May 2018 The loudness threatened to drown out Vallas, who struggled to be heard. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Morning Spin: How Vallas learned from the last time he launched a major campaign," 3 May 2018 This suggests that the gerbils could experience an accurate representation of loudness that is proportional to how strongly neurons are activated by light. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Previous versions of the protein worked sluggishly to move ions in and out of neurons — a critical step in generating electrical signals to the brain conveying the rapidly changing characteristics of sound like loudness and pitch. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Volume The pressure of sound vibrations, heard in terms of the loudness of music. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 The recognition rate fluctuates depending on the clarity of the audiotapes and the loudness of the background noise. Steve Ayan, Scientific American, "10 Things You Don’t Know About Yourself," 15 May 2018 In response, Eureka owns her loudness and over-the-topness and tendency to annoy. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: Snatch Game shenanigans," 3 May 2018 So Jordan now refuses to tone down her speech, dress, the loudness of her voice in the corporate world. Jonece Starr Dunigan, AL.com, "From Huntsville to LA, Laci Jordan bringing black culture to graphic design," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of loudness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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