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AUD'ITORY, adjective That has the power of hearing; pertaining to the sense or organs of hearing; as, the auditory nerve.

AUD'ITORY, noun [Latin auditorium.]

1. An audience; an assembly of hearers, as in a church or lecture room.

2. A place or apartment where discourses are delivered. In ancient churches, the nave, where the hearers stood to be instructed.

3. A bench on which a judge sits to hear causes.