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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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Examples from the web for audibly
  • The patient began to talk, first mouthing single words and then progressing to speaking short phrases audibly.
  • They study in the presence of siblings and family life going on audibly around them.
  • Even if your phone audibly goes off, you're out and you turn in what you've finished.
  • It audibly, palpably clicks when you press down anywhere on it.
  • The pork chop was audibly juicy with a tenderness that had us gnawing to the bone.
  • The wind picked up, and the rusted girders of the mill groaned audibly under their cover of vines.
  • Of course, by this time he's choking on water, and the bells on his skin are beginning to ring audibly.
  • He breathed audibly, glared at the reporter and stayed silent for several seconds.
  • He breathed audibly, glared at the reporter and stayed silent for several seconds.
  • Not crying audibly, but tears flowing freely while my body was racked with convulsions.
British Dictionary definitions for audibly


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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