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audible
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Definition capable of being heard

In football, the term has come to include an instruction shouted from the line of scrimmage.

Recently, the word is also being used to indicate sounds that could be played on a phone or computer; for example "audibles include creative hellos that can be downloaded."
  • She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
  • It was so quiet, our breathing was the only thing audible in the room.
  • audible = capable of being heard
  • A vowel is that which without impact of tongue or lip has an audible sound.
    Aristotle  --  The Poetics of Aristotle
  • The crackling of the fire and the ticking of the clock were the only sounds audible in the room.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The New Magdalen
  • The chant was audible but at that distance still wordless.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • audible = capable of being heard
  • he mumbled, barely audible.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • audible = capable of being heard
  • She is calling barely audibly.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • audibly = loud enough to be heard
  • On the last night of Aunt Emily's stay, there is a barely audible whispering that keeps me awake wondering late into the night.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • audible = capable of being heard
  • His breathing was audible, like a light snore.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • audible = capable of being heard
  • A Voice in the Funeral Group mumbles a portion of the funeral service, but the words are inaudible.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • inaudible = not capable of being heard
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inaudible means not and reverses the meaning of audible. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • BIFF [at the table, now audible, holding up a gold fountain pen]:
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • audible = capable of being heard
  • I wish the Magician would make them inaudible instead of invisible.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • inaudible = impossible to hear
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inaudible means not and reverses the meaning of audible. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • Drew, no audibles. I don't want to see the ball in the air unless I call for a pass play.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • audibles = instructions shouted at the line of scrimmage
  • Just static, barely audible, in the headphones.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • audible = capable of being heard
  • Her voice was almost inaudible.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • inaudible = not capable of being heard
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inaudible means not and reverses the meaning of audible. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • The marble game was barely audible, but the ragball players behind the church were loud and clear, and it took all my concentration to go on with my work.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • audible = capable of being heard
  • some of the other birds tittered audibly.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • audibly = in a manner that could be heard
  • The signal for the roll call was barely audible through the double-paned, frostblurred windows.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • audible = capable of being heard
  • AMANDA [faintly, almost inaudibly]: —No.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • inaudibly = unhearable (because she speaks so softly)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inaudibly means not and reverses the meaning of audibly. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)
  • The pilot's words were a hiss, barely audible.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
audible = capable of being heard

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