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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The earphones will reduce the loudness once the AirPods detect the sounds. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 Sep. 2022 Players and coaches from their first two opponents, the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders, have acknowledged the loudness of Ford Field as the Lions have gone 1-1. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 22 Sep. 2022 But the loudness, or amount of energy in noise, is measured by decibels. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 26 Sep. 2022 The moments of loudness during third quarters will continue, the team announced earlier this month. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 The loudness, length and quality of meows and yelps have a variety of meanings. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 23 July 2022 Hyundai gives the driver an opportunity to make many adjustments: Engine response, rev matching, the bite of the differential, exhaust loudness, steering assist, and damper stiffness can all be tailored. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 29 Nov. 2021 When this happens, the atmosphere’s density changes, causing variations of up to 20 percent in the environment’s loudness. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 28 May 2022 The loudness of the metaverse may seem to make it recent time but the concept has existed for the past three decades. Ugonna-ora Owoh, Quartz, 26 May 2022 See More

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

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