spec·​tro·​gram ˈspek-t(r)ə-ˌgram How to pronounce spectrogram (audio)
: a photograph, image, or diagram of a spectrum

Examples of spectrogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The software created spectrograms — visual representations of sound waves. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 14 May 2024 To identify a bird by sound, Merlin takes a user's recording and converts it into a spectrogram—a visualization of the volume, pitch and length of the bird's call. Lois Parshley, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2023 If the models are able to accurately reconstruct the spectrogram after regularized training, then the ECoG features must reflect some information about the music played to the patient. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Aug. 2023 On a frequency spectrogram, the researchers watched as the chomps, produced by the mouth, registered a high frequency, while the vocalized grumble produced by breath and vocal cords registered a low one. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 29 June 2023 To compare brain activity, the scientists analyzed a spectrogram of all brain-wave activity. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 13 June 2023 Kersta popularized the examinations of sound spectrograms, which are visual depictions of audio data. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Apr. 2023 From rainforests and deserts to Arctic tundra and coral reefs, hear the howls, croaks, hums, trills, clicks, growls, and cries of animals in the wild, and see this rich symphony of sound made visible through real-time streaming spectrograms. San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2023 From there, the spectrogram is then turned into actual speech by a vocoder based on WaveNet. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 23 Jun. 2024.

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spec·​tro·​gram ˈspek-t(r)ə-ˌgram How to pronounce spectrogram (audio)
: a photograph or diagram of a spectrum
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