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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.
Contemporary Examples

Al Gore may have beaten George W. Bush on points in their first debate in 2000, but he audibly sighed.
Don’t Let Gingrich Be Gingrich David Frum January 23, 2012

“His tone of voice, too, was audibly less forceful than it normally is,” Givens continued.
Christie’s Body Language Suggests He Didn’t Believe What He Said Lloyd Grove January 9, 2014

If the crowd started to audibly sing one of his songs, he would lose track of the vocal and launch into screams of encouragement.
I’m Not Country or Pop. I’m Just Pure Garth Brooks. David Masciotra September 9, 2014

By the end of the episode, the two shared a short, but sweet kiss, silencing the frustrated fans and making America audibly “aww.”
Most Memorable Kisses of the Year Shefali Kulkarni December 29, 2010

Historical Examples

But here the patient moaned and said audibly, “Let us go on.”
Strange True Stories of Louisiana George Washington Cable

I will hourly pray for that happy time, whispered as audibly Mr. Solmes.
Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson

It was a shock so unexpected that Mrs. Churchill drew her breath under it audibly, as one does under an actual blow.
The Front Yard Constance Fenimore Woolson

She groaned her admiration so audibly, that they all turned round.
Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens

The old lady groaned as she saw it, and then said audibly a prayer of thankfulness.
The Mystery of the Sea Bram Stoker

She was fingering the revolver on the bureau behind her, and breathing fast and audibly.
The Eternal City Hall Caine

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

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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