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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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  • She had only freed herself when her father and sister broke in from the salon, attracted apparently by the audible commotion.

    The Reverberator Henry James
  • At this dramatic climax there was an audible sigh from my audience.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • The tumultuous beating of both their hearts was audible amid the unbroken silence that ensued.

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
  • And still she answered nothing, but the gurgling of her sobs was audible to him enough.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • Yet, as the result seems to show, his soul must have spoken some word to the soul of the child, audible to none other.

British Dictionary definitions for audible


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 audible

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.

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