aural

adjective

au·​ral ˈȯr-əl How to pronounce aural (audio)
: of or relating to the ear or to the sense of hearing
visual and aural sensations
aurality noun
aurally adverb

Examples of aural in a Sentence

a quiet room for people seeking relief from the overload of aural stimulus just outside
Recent Examples on the Web This alternating of hot and cold is an ancient remedy for keeping well, and mixing these tracks is like an aural approximation of winter bathing courtesy of Thelonious Monk. Tim Moffatt, EW.com, 17 Nov. 2023 Family Man’s thunderous grooves are brandished like an aural weapon and nearly obliterates everything else recorded on the track. Patricia Meschino, Rolling Stone, 4 Feb. 2024 Many of these cameras are Wi-Fi-enabled and pair with an app, allowing an aural Marco Polo to jam one into their ear and hunt for wax, seeing (and recording) what happens in real time. Caroline Mimbs Nyce, The Atlantic, 3 Jan. 2024 Glazer says The Zone of Interest is formed of two films layered over each other, an aural and a visual one. Armani Syed, TIME, 12 Jan. 2024 And aural treats are plentiful here even during the typical classical-music summer slowdown, with the San Diego Symphony at the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, Mainly Mozart’s All-Star Orchestra Festival (June 20-29) and La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest (late July to August). Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2023 The marvelous aural effect created on the stage at off-Broadway’s Public Theater by writer-director Conor McPherson and 16 other cast members is of hardship and disappointment ennobled by the healing power of song. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2023 More than just aural escape pods, the in-ear headphone of 2053 will take on many of the tasks currently handled by our phones, acting as a portal, an assistant, and a platform for running apps. Gear Team, WIRED, 4 Dec. 2023 With Adkins’s horns presiding, the conversations that Wales Bonner sets up are both visual and aural, featuring several eccentric avant-garde scores. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 2 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin auris ear — more at ear

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aural was in 1773

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Cite this Entry

“Aural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aural. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

aural

adjective
au·​ral ˈȯr-əl How to pronounce aural (audio)
: of or relating to the ear or sense of hearing
aurally adverb

Medical Definition

aural

adjective
au·​ral ˈȯr-əl How to pronounce aural (audio)
: of or relating to the ear or to the sense of hearing
aurally adverb

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