[ in-fruh-sound ]
/ ˈɪn frəˌsaʊnd /


sound with frequencies below the audible range.


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Origin of infrasound

First recorded in 1925–30; infra- + sound1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for infrasound

/ (ˈɪnfrəˌsaʊnd) /


soundlike waves having a frequency below the audible range, that is, below about 16Hz

Derived forms of infrasound

infrasonic (ˌɪnfrəˈsɒnɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for infrasound

[ ĭnfrə-sound′ ]

Sound whose wave frequency is too low (under 15-20 hertz) to be heard by humans. Some animals, such as elephants and whales, emit calls at infrasound frequencies. See Note at ultrasound.

Other words from infrasound

infrasonic adjective
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