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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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  • I will hourly pray for that happy time, whispered as audibly Mr. Solmes.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • She groaned her admiration so audibly, that they all turned round.

  • She was fingering the revolver on the bureau behind her, and breathing fast and audibly.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Mary's lips muttered some words in audibly, and they parted.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • He was breathing deeply and audibly, and the girl's touch did not arouse him.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
  • “He ought to have got some, in seven years,” I audibly reflected.

    The Patagonia Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for audibly


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 audibly



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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