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noun

Also called white sound. a steady, unvarying, unobtrusive sound, as an electronically produced drone or the sound of rain, used to mask or obliterate unwanted sounds.
Physics. random noise with a uniform frequency spectrum over a wide range of frequencies.

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Origin of white noise

First recorded in 1965–70
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white noise

noun

  1. sound or electrical noise that has a relatively wide continuous range of frequencies of uniform intensity
  2. noise containing all frequencies rising in level by six decibels every octave
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