spec·​tro·​gram | \ ˈspek-t(r)ə-ˌgram How to pronounce spectrogram (audio) \

Definition of spectrogram

: a photograph, image, or diagram of a spectrum

Examples of spectrogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is a folder containing photographs and audio spectrograms. David Canfield, EW.com, "Here's your first look at Stephen King's next book, If It Bleeds," 3 Oct. 2019 There are bright and distinct striations visible in the lower frequency portion (bottom) of the spectrogram. Jeff Kao And Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Methodology: How We Tested an Aggression Detection Algorithm," 25 June 2019 Chelsea Sanker, a phonetician at Brown University, looked at the spectrogram above to help me figure out what was going on. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "A Linguist Explains Why 'Laurel' Sounds Like 'Yanny'," 15 May 2018 Here’s the spectrogram for the yanny/laurel recording: Higher frequencies (up to 5,000 hertz, or waves per second) appear toward the top, and lower ones (down to zero) toward the bottom. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "A Linguist Explains Why 'Laurel' Sounds Like 'Yanny'," 15 May 2018 Linguists can study these sound waves and separate them out into their component frequencies, and display them in something called a spectrogram. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "A Linguist Explains Why 'Laurel' Sounds Like 'Yanny'," 15 May 2018 The system focuses on the most-detailed parts of the file and analyzes the deltas, or changes, in key areas of the spectrogram over time (example to the right). Eliot Van Buskirk, WIRED, "You Tube Search-and-Delete Code Makes Money for Rights-Holders," 21 Aug. 2009 After collecting 131 recordings from 18 male cockatoos, the researchers used computer software to convert the recordings into spectrograms (visual displays of sound). Laura Geggel Senior Writer, Fox News, "Cockatoos drop sick beats to charm mates," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of spectrogram

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spectrogram was in 1892

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“Spectrogram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectrogram. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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spec·​tro·​gram | \ ˈspek-t(r)ə-ˌgram How to pronounce spectrogram (audio) \

Medical Definition of spectrogram

: a photograph or diagram of a spectrum

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