Definition of audible in English:



  • Able to be heard.

    ‘some ultrasound is audible to dogs’
    • ‘Yet, I can tell you that I had to put my ear right on top of the unit to hear any audible noise.’
    • ‘The system, which is audible over a wide area, will also play suitable music for church feast days.’
    • ‘There was a moment of near-silence in which a slight murmur of concern was audible.’
    • ‘I heard the scarcely audible click of claws on the tiles: a step, then a hesitation.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a distinct rhythm of drumming for a war dance is audible in the present.’
    • ‘His diction is amazingly clear and even when he sings, every word is audible.’
    • ‘An audible crack was heard as the man's nose was broken and he fell to the floor, unconscious.’
    • ‘The announcement of his divorce was met with audible gasps across the world.’
    • ‘He also said the doorbell was not audible to staff on the first floor, where officers write reports and take refreshments.’
    • ‘There was also a microphone for each team, so that the answers would be clearly audible.’
    • ‘The music plays at a perfect level, audible but not too loud as to drown out conversation.’
    • ‘I make my way back to the school when I hear a very audible sigh from Garret.’
    • ‘She threw off the covers and sat up. just then she heard a small, barely audible chuckle.’
    • ‘The sound quality is good, the instruments mesh together well and the vocals are audible.’
    • ‘Wind noise is audible at motorway speeds, but only because the engine and tyres are so quiet.’
    • ‘Conveniently, ultrasound also has a shorter range than audible sound.’
    • ‘At this point an audible gasp could be heard from the direction of the leaders.’
    • ‘He heard the sound of footsteps, muffled and barely audible, coming down the long passageway.’
    • ‘There was some barely audible whispering and my boss spoke again, only this time in a deeper voice.’
    • ‘All she could hear was the barely audible swoosh of water going in and out the windows.’
    perceptible, discernible, detectable, hearable, able to be heard, recognizable, appreciable
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American Football
  • A change of playing tactics called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage.

    ‘he saw two safeties sneaking up and called an audible’
    • ‘He calls out the plays and audibles, allowing the playmakers around him to feel more comfortable taking chances.’
    • ‘He also was in command at the line of scrimmage, calling timely audibles.’
    • ‘He is making much better decisions on the run and calls outstanding audibles.’
    • ‘Voices of the players can be heard during audibles and during the play, sometimes guiding you towards where the play might go.’
    • ‘He is throwing the ball accurately and showing good game management skills, especially with his ability to call audibles.’
    • ‘With each movement, the defense is calling out audibles that change coverage assignments.’
    • ‘Many teams, especially teams with inexperienced quarterbacks, hardly ever change plays, or they keep audibles to a minimum.’
    • ‘His lack of game experience will limit his ability to use audibles at the line, and that will curb creativity.’
    • ‘He calls some generic signals - no audibles are needed.’
    • ‘The team is comfortable with its quarterback calling audibles, and he might do so six or more times in a game.’
    • ‘Still, he needs to read defenses better and gain a better understanding of when to call audibles.’
    • ‘Part of the problem lies with the players, who are making mental errors and not picking up audibles.’
    • ‘He might have to limit the audibles one week to see if the team plays more efficiently without them.’


Late 15th century: from late Latin audibilis, from audire ‘hear’.