Referring to the auditory association areas of the temporal cortex of the brain: Dr. Goodness informed the students in his seminar about the auditopsychic region of the cerebrum or brain that was responsible for hearing and understanding.
auditor, auditress (s) (noun)
; auditors; auditresses (pl)
1. A qualified accountant: Susan is an authorised auditress who inspects the bookkeeping records and practices of a business or other organization.
2. A university, or college, student registered for a course without getting credit and with no obligation to do any of the work assigned to the class: Although Jeff was enrolled at the university and had a major in biology, he still wanted to attend classes in German, as an auditor, because he wanted to go there after receiving his diploma.
3. Someone who listens attentively: Even at the age of 65, Mr. Hathaway loved to sit quietly in a lecture hall as an auditor and listen to presentations on some topics that interested him.
auditorily (adverb) (not comparable)
Referring to how something takes place in which hearing and listening are very important: The lesson in French was presented auditorily for the students in their classroom.
auditorium (s) (noun)
, auditoria; auditoriums (pl)
1. The part of a theater designed to accommodate an audience: The people wanting to see the movie sat in the auditorium
and were told not to disturb others by talking loudly or eating chips.
2. A large room to accommodate an audience in a building: The public school had a large auditorium
for the parents to sit and watch the play put on by the students.
3. A large building for public meetings or performances: The city had a large public auditorium
for authors to present and read passages from their books, for artists to present their paintings, or for concerts to take place.
4. Etymology: from Latin auditorium
, "lecture room"; literally, "a place where something is heard"; neuter of auditorius
, "of" or "for hearing"; from auditor
, "a listener"; from audire
, "to hear".
An auditorium can also describe an entire theater, and has been in use as a word since the 18th century, although there were other words with the same meaning before that.
Pertaining to hearing, to the sense of hearing, or to the organs of hearing: Timothy wanted to read more about the range of auditory modality in humans in comparison to that of dogs and cats.
auditory (s) (noun)
, auditories (pl)
1. An assembly of hearers; an audience: Since the assemblage of listeners and spectators wanted to hear and watch the spontaneous concert, the auditory stood or sat on the grass of the park and enjoyed the music.
2. An auditorium: The members of the church were all gathered in the auditory, or in the nave of their church, and listened carefully to what the pastor had to say.
auditory adaptation (s) (noun)
. auditory adaptations (pl)
The ability to adjust to changes in sound: An auditory adaptation study showed some evidence of changes in the auditory threshold resulting from exposure to sound.
auditory aura (s) (noun)
, auditory auras; auditory aurae (pl)
An epileptic aura characterized by illusions or hallucinations: An auditory aura is a peculiar sensation or phenomenon only perceived by the patient and which precedes an epileptic seizure with dizziness, visual disorder, and sometimes disturbances of sound.
auditory hypoesthesia (s) (noun)
, auditory hypoesthesias (pl)
The partial loss of hearing: The auditory hypoesthesia which Jack experienced was caused by the prolonged exposure to the sound of the jack hammer which he used for work.
auditory impedance (s) (noun)
, auditory impedances (pl)
A mechanical factor that determines the amount of sound energy that is absorbed or reflected at the eardrum: Auditory impedance is also related to the loss of transmission of sounds to the middle ear and the cochlea (part of the inner ear that converts mechanical energy, or vibrations, into nerve impulses sent to the brain).
auditory nerve (s) (noun)
, auditory nerves (pl)
The eighth cranial nerve, or vestibulocochlear nerve (relating to the vestibule and the cochlea of the ear): The auditory nerves
connect the inner ear with the brain.
The auditory nerves innervate the ear and carry impulses relating to both sound stimuli and balance to the brain.
auditory synesthesia (s) (noun)
, auditory synesthesias (pl)
A hearing sensation that occurs when another sense is stimulated: When LuAnn felt vibrations in her fingertips, she also experienced auditory synesthesia, sensing the sound that the vibrations might have made.
Describing or pertaining to the auditory receptive area of the temporal cortex: The auditosensory region is located in the temporal lobe and holds the primary auditory cortex which is in charge of the processing of semantics in the vision and in the language of people.
auditress (s) (noun)
, auditresses (pl)
A female hearer or listener: The lecturer was aware that the people in the audience were also well- known auditresses and weren't to be forgotten in his preface before speaking.
, more autoaudible, most autoaudible
Referring to sounds hearable to oneself: Autoaudible tones or noises arise within the components of the middle, or inner ear, and can pertain to the beats of the heart.
Related "hear, hearing; listen, listening" units: