[ US /ˈdɛsəˌbɛɫ/ ]
[ UK /dˈɛsɪbə‍l/ ]
NOUN
  1. a logarithmic unit of sound intensity; 10 times the logarithm of the ratio of the sound intensity to some reference intensity
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How To Use decibel In A Sentence

  • Well, it wasn't rock and roll as you would recognise it but there was certainly enough power and decibels to give the lugholes a good stinging.
  • Angry Reader has a point about "spill," and while I can see Joel's point about it being what people call it, I respectfully suggest that it's that logic which got us to the point where we called chaining people to walls, beating them, freezing them, blasting music and noise at them at decibel levels high enough to inflict pain, electrifying their genitals, humiliating them and then drowning them repeatedly "enhanced interrogation techniques. Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post
  • Watch the monitor and tell me if the level goes above forty decibels.
  • Continuous exposure to sound above 80 decibels could be harmful.
  • As you try to lever them into position, they seem to suddenly sprout extra limbs to match the extra decibels they are producing.
  • The whine level reached decibels previously unheard of.
  • Watch the monitor and tell me if the level goes above forty decibels.
  • Put out a comic that pokes at the teabaggers and the snivelling is about 130 decibels Think Progress » Marvel backs down to Tea Party activists over Captain America comic depicting a right-wing protest.
  • Mr. Bowis Does my hon. Friend agree that a curse of modern urban living is musical mega-decibels in the night?
  • To know if a sound is loud enough to damage your ears, it is important to know both the loudness level (measured in decibels, dBA) and the length of exposure to the sound.
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