Are there such words as "audiolized" or "audibilized"?

EDIT: Merriam-Webster has the word Audibilized indexed with no definition! What I was trying to achieve was to say that something is an audibilized presentation of some other thing, exactly the same way we use visualized presentation.

EDIT: This is a visualization of a sort algorithm. Therefore this is ...? Audilization? Auralization? Sound representation?

EDIT: This one as well.

  • I have a number of musician friends and I have never heard any of them use these words. However, I often hear visual artists and photographers use 'visualized'. – wdypdx22 Aug 22 '10 at 23:40
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    Funny - I had the same thought, typed "the audible eqivalent of visualize" and came across this page. Remarkable to know others are having the same obscure thoughts as you - gotta love google!! I vote for "audiolize". It's the easiest to say, the most mellifluous (like that word). I'm a guitarist and was looking for a word to describe what i do when improvising - sometimes it's a visual process when i think in terms of scale intervals on the fretboard, sometimes it's "auralizing" when i imagine how the notes will sound before i play them. Thanks. – user11484 Jul 30 '11 at 13:52

Just based on the comparable stem, I would expect the term to be to 'auralize'. I suppose the same can be said for 'audibiilze', although 'audiolize' would only seem comparable if the visual word was 'videolize'.

  • I like this. I have a difficult time auralizing audiolized or audibilized. – wdypdx22 Aug 23 '10 at 3:12
  • Sorry for necro-threading - I have a twitter search for "auralization" that linked to this question today (see bit.ly/1kd9qQQ). There is precedent for using the word auralize, in the field of aircraft noise simulation, eg: bit.ly/1tUKa8Q and similar academic papers. – Ruan Caiman Apr 28 '14 at 14:04

In the music education community, we often say "audiate" when referring to hearing a melody in "the mind's ear".

The term was coined by music education guru Edwin Gordon, and I think it's pretty well-known amongst musicians (in addition to music teachers).



I agree with the poster who suggested audiation, as that is the process of imagining sound.

In response to your second edit, there is another very appropriate and widely accepted word for representing information with sound: sonification.


I don't think there's a good single word for this. "Auralise"(/ze) is the most natural, and even that would give most people a double-take before they understood it.

I think it'd be best to rephrase slightly, such as

X is a presentation of Y in audio form
X is an auditory illustration of Y


It appears that both "audibilized" and "audiolized" are being used, if only sparingly. Personally, I have never encountered either before (but I think everyone would understand them, thanks to the obvious parallel to the widely used visualized).

  • If someone said "audibilized" I would have thought that involved the level of sound. – delete Aug 23 '10 at 13:21

The question doesn't really make sense,

What I was trying to achieve was to say that something is an audibilized presentation of some other thing, exactly the same way we use visualized presentation.

Hmm? Usually one would say "a visualization". I'm not sure what "visualized presentation" is meant to be. A visualization of data etc.

There are some suggestions as answers here, frankly I think they are dubious. If you want to say this in English, "represent in sound" as a verb and "representation in sound" or "sound representation" would be OK.

  • I was going to say basically the same. I've never heard ""visualized presentation" and the example didn't make sense to me. – b.roth Aug 23 '10 at 13:32

I would suggest audible, sonic , or simply audio. I realize these lack the 'made into' suffix, but I think your listeners will stumble less over these than auralize or audibilized. To me audibilized suggests that some imperceptible sound was amplified to the point of audibility, rather than translated from another sensory modality.


If you're looking for a word that many or all of your audience will understand, why not try "imagine"?

  • I'm sorry but I don't see how that answers the question. – delete Aug 23 '10 at 15:28

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