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
Words nearby white noise
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Example sentences from the Web for white noise
The voice emerged from that white-noise roar of water humming and sloshing back and forth in her basket.
The rush of water echoed off the cave walls, a white-noise shushing that sounded like skis cutting through powder.
British Dictionary definitions for white noise
- sound or electrical noise that has a relatively wide continuous range of frequencies of uniform intensity
- noise containing all frequencies rising in level by six decibels every octave
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