audio

1 of 3

adjective

au·​dio ˈȯ-dē-ˌō How to pronounce audio (audio)
1
: of or relating to acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves which are of frequencies approximately from 15 to 20,000 hertz
2
a
: of or relating to sound or its reproduction and especially high-fidelity reproduction
b
: relating to or used in the transmission or reception of sound compare video
c
: of, relating to, or utilizing recorded sound

audio

2 of 3

noun

1
: an audio signal
broadly : sound entry 1
2
: the section of television or motion-picture equipment that deals with sound
3
: the transmission, reception, or reproduction of sound

audio-

3 of 3

combining form

1
: hearing
audiometer
2
: sound
audiophile
3
: auditory and
audiovisual

Example Sentences

Adjective The audio portion of the broadcast was fine but the picture was poor. They listened to an audio recording of the speech. Noun The picture was clear but the audio was very poor.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
As part of the deal, Audible has greenlit four projects under a collection called The Goop Pursuit, which will explore topics like pleasure, healing, beauty and change, the audio company said on Thursday. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2022 The audio equipment maker reported sales that beat expectations, and set a new share buyback plan. James Willhite, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Plugged into a smartphone downloaded with MP3 audio files, listeners often choose volumes as high as 105 decibels, and venues often range from 104 to 112 decibels, the study said. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 Plugged into a smartphone downloaded with MP3 audio files, listeners often choose volumes as high as 105 decibels, and venues often range from 104 to 112 decibels, the study said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 15 Nov. 2022 For sound, the processor supports spatial audio head tracking, so the music follows head movements. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 But bear with us—the No. 5909's are the first-ever headphones from Mark Levinson, which has been synonymous with elite audio quality for half a century. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 9 Nov. 2022 In a 2021 interview with Musk on the audio app Clubhouse, Krishnan praised the world’s richest man for his online prowess. Kylie Robison, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2022 Click those, and a special audio message from the band members will play. Andy Meek, BGR, 8 July 2022
Noun
The facility, set to open in late 2023, will include six meeting rooms on the fourth and fifth floors of 100 Stockton St. with in-house food offerings, events production and audio and video production services. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2022 Billboard launched two global charts in September 2020, based on worldwide audio and video streams and download sales from over 200 territories. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 14 Nov. 2022 News Corp also advertised wide ranges for other roles, such as a salary between $140,000 and $450,000 for a Dow Jones vice president of audio and video audience development and revenue. Theo Francis And Chip Cutter, WSJ, 7 Nov. 2022 Repurpose this content into blogs, audio and video clips and social media posts. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2022 Users would also be able to post longer forms of audio and video on the service and would see half as many ads. Alena Botros, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2022 Viral audio and video on Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook and TikTok alleged that ballot boxes were being pre-filled with votes for former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2022 The video did not have any audio and none of the witnesses gave a definite answer as to why the brawl began. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Sep. 2022 The surveillance video — which has no audio — shows the 23-year-old, who is wearing a white hoodie and holding a bottle of wine and a phone in one hand, walk toward the officers’ vehicle, waving toward them with his empty hand. Paige Fry, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

independent use of audio- as adjective

Noun

derivative of audio entry 1, or by shortening of words formed with audio- (as audio-signal)

Combining form

Latin audīre "to hear" + -o- — more at audible entry 1

Note: Probably first in audiometer—see etymology note there.

First Known Use

Adjective

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of audio was in 1907

Dictionary Entries Near audio

Cite this Entry

“Audio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/audio. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

audio 1 of 3

adjective

au·​dio ˈȯd-ē-ˌō How to pronounce audio (audio)
1
: of or relating to electrical or other frequencies occurring in the range of sound waves that can be heard
2
a
: of or relating to sound or its reproduction and especially accurate reproduction
bought new audio equipment
b
: relating to or used in sending or receiving sound compare video entry 2 sense 1

audio

2 of 3

noun

1
: the sending, receiving, or reproducing of sound
2
: the part of television or motion-picture equipment that deals with sound

audio-

3 of 3

combining form

1
: hearing
audiometer
2
: sound
audiophile
3
: auditory and
audiovisual

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