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 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, "This bird has the world's loudest song, study finds. It attracts mates by screaming in their face," 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,, "Why we need to rethink the concept of noise in restaurants," 13 Sep. 2019 Reason: Lower-energy sound sources produce less sound pressure, thus lower volume. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018 Reason: Greater sound pressure (volume) will reach the listener when the source is closer. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 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, "Why Madison Square Garden Thinks It Has Designed the Venue Of the Future," 9 Feb. 2018 With a frequency response range of approximately 5Hz to 200Hz the ButtKicker Advance provides powerful tactile response without the sound pressure of a subwoofer. Charles Curtis, USA TODAY, "Andy Reid's nickname for new Chiefs kicker is epic," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sound pressure

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Sound pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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