sound pressure


Definition of sound pressure

: the difference between the actual pressure at any point in the field of a sound wave at any instant and the average pressure at that point

Examples of sound pressure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two decibels may not seem like much, but sound pressure is a logarithmic scale. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 26 June 2021 The comfort of the memory foam padded ear cups is enhanced by the off-center driver positioning which reduces sound pressure on the ear canals — a feature that also helps to protect against hearing damage. Brad Moon, Forbes, 12 June 2021 Take note: sound pressure level, measured in decibels (dB), is not strictly the same thing as loudness. Annie White, Car and Driver, 20 Feb. 2021 The songs, although less complex than some other birds, have a sound pressure three times greater than that of the previous record-holder, the screaming piha. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2019 The app uses a phone’s microphone to gauge the sound pressure of a room, smoothing out the readings to produce an average decibel level. Soleil Ho,, 13 Sep. 2019 Reason: Lower-energy sound sources produce less sound pressure, thus lower volume. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 15 June 2018 Reason: Greater sound pressure (volume) will reach the listener when the source is closer. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 15 June 2018 Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine was spotted demoing the venue's beamforming sound technology, which distributes sound pressure and volume evenly across large distances such that every seat is, at least sonically, the best seat in the house. Cherie Hu, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sound pressure

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sound pressure was in 1893

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“Sound pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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