[ aw-duh-buhl ]
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  1. loud enough to be heard; able to be heard:The pun brought an audible groan from his colleague.When I’m working in the basement, the sound of the traffic is barely audible.

  1. Also called automatic, checkoff. Football. a play called aloud by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage to supersede the play originally agreed upon as a result of a change in strategy: The quarterback called an audible that sent the running back past the other offensive guard.Cheering by the fans made it hard for either team to hear any audibles.

Idioms about audible

  1. call an audible, to make a last-minute change of plan in response to circumstances, new information, etc.: Instead of the first song on their set list, the band called an audible and played one that was known to be especially popular on campus.

Origin of audible

First recorded in 1520–30; from Late Latin audībilis, from Latin audī(re) “to hear” + -bilis -ble

Other words from audible

  • au·di·bil·i·ty [aw-duh-bil-i-tee], /ˌɔ dəˈbɪl ɪ ti/, au·di·ble·ness, noun
  • au·di·bly, adverb
  • non·au·di·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·au·di·ble, adjective
  • non·au·di·ble·ness, noun
  • non·au·di·bly, adverb
  • qua·si-au·di·ble, adjective
  • qua·si-au·di·bly, adverb
  • sub·au·di·bil·i·ty, noun
  • sub·au·di·ble, adjective
  • sub·au·di·ble·ness, noun
  • sub·au·di·bly, adverb

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How to use audible in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for audible


/ (ˈɔːdɪbəl) /

  1. perceptible to the hearing; loud enough to be heard

  1. American football a change of playing tactics called by the quarterback when the offense is lined up at the line of scrimmage

Origin of audible

C16: from Late Latin audibilis, from Latin audīre to hear

Derived forms of audible

  • audibility or audibleness, noun
  • audibly, adverb

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