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[aw-duh-buh l] /ˈɔ də bəl/
capable of being heard; loud enough to be heard; actually heard.
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 forms
audibility, audibleness, noun
audibly, adverb
nonaudibility, noun
nonaudible, adjective
nonaudibleness, noun
nonaudibly, adverb
quasi-audible, adjective
quasi-audibly, adverb
subaudibility, noun
subaudible, adjective
subaudibleness, noun
subaudibly, adverb Unabridged
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  • At that point their chanting became audible in the conference room but wasn't loud enough to disrupt the closed-door proceedings.
  • During the audible periods these two are heard whispering to each other.
  • That is, it was actually audible in the air right around the water where the whale was singing.
  • His weak voice was barely audible in the room.
  • In recent years, its voice has been barely audible.
  • Holt's voice is barely audible, for he speaks in somewhat of a whisper.
  • His voice reciting a prayer was barely audible.
  • The sound of the economy crumbling this year has been audible in even the most remote precipices of the ivory tower.
  • He is truly a voice of reason audible above the roar of the mob.
  • Laughter is audible from inside the vehicle after the garage door closed.
British Dictionary definitions for audible


perceptible to the hearing; loud enough to be heard
(American football) a change of playing tactics called by the quarterback when the offense is lined up at the line of scrimmage
Derived Forms
audibility, audibleness, noun
audibly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin audibilis, from Latin audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for audible

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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