mon·​au·​ral (ˌ)mä-ˈnȯr-əl How to pronounce monaural (audio)
monaurally adverb

Examples of monaural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stereophonic sound, or sound on multiple channels, was starting to replace monaural recording. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, 1 June 2023 Because virtual meetings convert the three-dimensional, stereophonic environment of in-person engagements to two-dimensional postage stamp images and monaural sound, the communication channel between the presenter and the audience is considerably narrowed. Jerry Weissman, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Early on, the sound seemed to be monaural, but eventually well-balanced stereo came through. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 16 May 2021 The use of paper led to his wooden monaural stethoscope, which was meant for one ear. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2021 Everything in this box has been newly transferred, and the results, the monaural sound notwithstanding, possess greater depth and dynamic range than in previous incarnations. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 The present set, recorded in monaural sound, takes us only to the end of the 1950s, but contains 120 CDs. Tim Page, WSJ, 1 July 2021 Their emotional states are usually monaural, offering only one channel of perception at a time. Jesse Green, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2020 In 1967, George Martin and the Beatles spent the vast majority of their time focused on the monaural mix, which was still the dominant playback format in England at that time. Atlanta Life, ajc, 11 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monaural was in 1931

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“Monaural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


mon·​au·​ral (ˈ)mä-ˈnȯr-əl How to pronounce monaural (audio)
: of, relating to, affecting, or designed for use with one ear
monaural hearing aid systems
monaurally adverb
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