decibel decibel  /ˈdɛ sə ˌbɛl/


  • (n) a logarithmic unit of sound intensity; 10 times the logarithm of the ratio of the sound intensity to some reference intensity


  1. In a family of noisy eaters, he is perhaps the loudest, at least in decibel-to-kilogram ratio.
  2. But the political debates about interrogation reached a new decibel level yesterday when the CIA was accused of misleading Congress.
  3. Peter Schiff is loud--a decibel or 12 above everybody else.


  1. Curbing motorcycle noise an ongoing effort for police

    When a motorcyclist revved his bike and disrupted the lunches of outdoor diners along Nashua's Main Street last month, Nashua police pulled over the driver. However, police didn't cite him for violating a revised motorcycle noise law that lowered the decibel level for motorcycles starting this year.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: New Hampshire Union Leader

  2. BART Seeks to Reduce Train Noise

    BART trains create noise of up to 90 decibels, which means complaints from citizens on the trains as well as in houses near the tracks. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    on June 13, 2013     Source: NBC Bay Area

  3. Suns get schooled at home in loss to Nashua

    PITTSFIELD - Wahconah Park was overflowing with Pittsfield elementary school students who were pinning the decibel meter. It looked to be a great Monday morning for the Pittsfield Suns. Somebody forgot to tell Alek Morency to do his part.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Berkshire Eagle


  1. Panetta, in his statement, told his CIA colleagues that while "there is a long tradition in Washington of making political hay out of our business," the "debates about interrogation reached a new decibel level" when Pelosi at a May 14...
    on May 17, 2009 By: Leon Panetta Source: Bloomberg

  2. "Certainly, we're going into an environment at Florida Field that is considerably different than even Cal was," Vols coach Phillip Fulmer said. "We need to understand that the decibel level will be considerably higher and we've got to be able...
    on Sep 14, 2007 By: Phillip Fulmer Source: San Diego Union Tribune

  3. But after 30 years on one House payroll or another, LaHood said, "The tone is very negative and disheartening. The decibel level is the highest I've heard in politics."
    on Aug 1, 2007 By: Ray LaHood Source: Washington Post

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