from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A unit used to express relative difference in power or intensity, usually between two acoustic or electric signals, equal to ten times the common logarithm of the ratio of the two levels.
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- n. A common measure of sound intensity that is one tenth of a bel on the logarithmic intensity scale. It is defined as dB = 10 * log10(P 1/P 2), where P1 and P2 are the relative powers of the sound.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a logarithmic unit of sound intensity; 10 times the logarithm of the ratio of the sound intensity to some reference intensity
A few years ago curiosity led me to sneak a decibel meter into a ballgame between the
Remember, though, that a decibel is a ratio measurement relative to some standard.
A decibel is a tenth-root-of-ten fold increase in power delivery. en Español
A decibel is the basic unit of sound level; it denotes a ratio of intensity to a reference sound.
They may tend to congregate more and speak a decibel louder than us.
Oakland Ca and Alameda County have a "decibel" law which states very clearly a conservative, allowable level of ambient noise and the penalties for exceeding this comfort zone.
It became shortened to "decibel", which represents one-tenth of 1 bel (1 bel = 10 decibels).
"decibel," the standard scientific measure of sound intensity, was named after Bell.
He also said that the sounds emitted from the device and its accompanying "whooping" siren registers lower on the decibel scale than the traditional wailing NYPD sound.
The Posies 'live shows are thrilling, high-decibel affairs that emphasize the power in their power-pop without forsaking the melodies and harmonies.
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