[aw-duh-buh l]
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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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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
Derived Formsaudibility or audibleness, nounaudibly, adverb

Word Origin for audible

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.

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