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[aw-duh-buh l]
  1. capable of being heard; loud enough to be heard; actually heard.
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  1. 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.
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Origin of audible

1520–30; < Late Latin audībilis, equivalent to Latin audī(re) to hear + -bilis -ble
Related formsau·di·bil·i·ty, au·di·ble·ness, nounau·di·bly, adverbnon·au·di·bil·i·ty, nounnon·au·di·ble, adjectivenon·au·di·ble·ness, nounnon·au·di·bly, adverbqua·si-au·di·ble, adjectivequa·si-au·di·bly, adverbsub·au·di·bil·i·ty, nounsub·au·di·ble, adjectivesub·au·di·ble·ness, nounsub·au·di·bly, adverb
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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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for audibility


  1. perceptible to the hearing; loud enough to be heard
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  1. American football a change of playing tactics called by the quarterback when the offense is lined up at the line of scrimmage
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Derived Formsaudibility or audibleness, nounaudibly, 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.

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