Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the perceptual strength or amplitude of sound pressure, measured in sones or phons
  • n. the physical strength of the sound pressure level, measured in decibels

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being loud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being loud; great sound or noise; clamor; uproar: as, the loudness of a voice or an instrument.
  • n. Conspicuousness; flashiness; showiness: as, loudness of dress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tasteless showiness
  • n. the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

Etymologies

loud +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In addition, the stress placed at the end of a French sentence is also not a tonic accent -- a rise in loudness -- but a rise in pitch -- which we English speakers do only with questions (unless we are valley girls) -- that is, when asking a question, our voice goes from, say, middle C to F.

    l'accent tonique - French Word-A-Day

  • Such a misperception can lead to "loudness" -- all caps "screaming", hyperbole, exaggeration and such.

    Trolls, Anger, Taking Offense and One-Hit- Wonders

  • Although CDs have a wider dynamic range, mastering houses are often encouraged to compress the audio on CDs to make it as loud as possible: It's the so-called loudness war .

    Vinyl May Be Final Nail in CD's Coffin

  • Volume = loudness, which is what you needed to achieve here, wheras velocity is all about the change in timbre produced by how hard you hit the piano / drum / whatever.

    Discussions: Message List - root

  • The loudness is a deal-breaker for me, which is why the Das Keyboard is going back in its box right now.

    BensBargains.net Latest Headlines

  • SPL is the sound pressure level, namely the loudness of the sound, which goes like this, so you can compare:

    Softpedia - Windows - All

  • The filter can be tuned, or switched, to any one of the messages, based on characteristics such as loudness or pitch.

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  • When propagated to the human ear and processed by the brain, the new sounds contain some parameters, such as loudness and rhythm, that may be perceived to resemble those in the original recordings, while others, like pitch, timbre and space may be perceived as markedly different.

    Ars Technica

  • Pastels, Nirvana, etc. I guess it's hard to explain, but people always seem surprised by our "loudness" when we play live.

    Artrocker -

  • Basically, it's like the "loudness" switch on your dad's stereo-it boosts high - and low-end frequency, but the claim to newness here is that the software actively evaluates the frequency profile of whatever MP3s you feed into it and provides boost where it's needed.

    Gizmodo

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