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[aw-duh-buh l] /ˈɔ də bəl/
capable of being heard; loud enough to be heard; actually heard.
Also called automatic, checkoff. Football. a play called at the line of scrimmage to supersede the play originally agreed upon as the result of a change in strategy.
Origin of audible
1520-30; < Late Latin audībilis, equivalent to Latin audī(re) to hear + -bilis -ble
Related forms
audibility, audibleness, noun
audibly, adverb
nonaudibility, noun
nonaudible, adjective
nonaudibleness, noun
nonaudibly, adverb
quasi-audible, adjective
quasi-audibly, adverb
subaudibility, noun
subaudible, adjective
subaudibleness, noun
subaudibly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for audibility
Historical Examples
  • But in the moments of their audibility they are very distinct.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • It has been affirmed that 10 miles or thereabouts is its maximum range of audibility.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • The first rumble rose to audibility and made the ship shiver.

    Beyond The Thunder H. B. Hickey
  • The thing screamed—a high, thin sound almost past the range of audibility.

    The Terror from the Depths Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • The whine of the distant machine rose in pitch until it passed the limit of audibility.

  • Beyond them two others carried on an argument that rose to audibility only now and then.

  • The symphony was ending, the final triumphant pæan soaring up and up, beyond the limit of audibility.

    Ministry of Disturbance Henry Beam Piper
  • Carefully made resistances for such a purpose are sold under the name of “audibility meters.”

  • Then, abruptly, the sound broke off into deathly silence as the limit of audibility was passed.

    Wanderer of Infinity Harl Vincent
  • The isacoustic lines thus show how the audibility of the sound varies throughout the sound area.

British Dictionary definitions for audibility


perceptible to the hearing; loud enough to be heard
(American football) a change of playing tactics called by the quarterback when the offense is lined up at the line of scrimmage
Derived Forms
audibility, audibleness, noun
audibly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin audibilis, from Latin audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for audibility



1520s, from Middle French audible and directly from Late Latin audibilis, from Latin audire "to hear," from PIE *awis-dh-yo-, from root *au- "to perceive" (see audience). Related: Audibly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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