Definition of white noise in US English:

white noise


  • Noise containing many frequencies with equal intensities.

    • ‘We live in an urban area and the amount of white noise and background energy moving through our area is large enough to warrant it.’
    • ‘Near the end the mix becomes very hot, distorting at high frequencies and blooming into white noise around the edges.’
    • ‘The scientists found that in rats exposed to white noise, the auditory cortex took three or four times longer than normal to mature.’
    • ‘This pure static gives way to white noise that begins, eventually, to resemble a rhythm.’
    • ‘The sounds of many people talking becomes white noise, an everpresent hum.’
    • ‘There is lots of white noise in the track - crackles and pops that indicate age and handling mishaps.’
    • ‘It's got to the point now where there are so many signs that they blur into a background hiss of white noise.’
    • ‘The combined sounds were more like white noise than human speech, which made it that much harder for Sam to stay awake.’
    • ‘But I did witness firsthand the fabled white noise that they pipe in to calm those nervous programmers.’
    • ‘The white noise - a random mixture of sound frequencies - help motorists judge where the emergency vehicles are coming from.’
    • ‘Use a fan or any white noise device that generates calming sounds.’
    • ‘The movie ended, and the television turned to snow and white noise.’
    • ‘She wears headphones which play continuous white noise or pink noise.’
    • ‘The audio deserves a special mention as white noise and ethereal voices combine to create a disturbing atmosphere.’
    • ‘Because white noise contains most sound frequencies, it is commonly used to mask other sounds.’
    • ‘As we chatted the background music crept up in volume until at one point it became a roar or stuttering white noise.’
    • ‘As the sound mutates it becomes lost in a deep storm of white noise and becomes gravel falling down an endless scree slope.’
    • ‘Waves of chatter flowed from the city, decreasing to white noise.’
    • ‘What they found is that blocking the sounds of the operating room with white noise did not decrease sedative requirements of listening to operating room sounds.’
    • ‘This is an album marked by artful explosions of white noise and moments of utter chaos and collapse.’
    hiss, hissing, buzz, buzzing, crackle, crackling, sputter, sputtering, crack, cracking
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white noise

/ˌ(h)waɪt ˈnɔɪz//ˌ(h)wīt ˈnoiz/