The ratio of useful information to useless information in any given statement.
George W Bush has a very low signal to noise ratio.
додав flame 29 Серпень 2003
1.)A term used in physics to describe the amount of information extracted from an electro-magnetic signal compared the information orginally introduced into that signal.
2.)term used by psuedo-erudites to describe the degree of usefulness found in communications by media, individuals or otherwise.
1.)Hey Jim, this stereo set up is fucked. I'm pumping out 200W but my system sounds like a transistor radio. That is one fucked up signal-to-noise ratio.

2.)Typically, a demogague actually benefits from non-sensical, contradictory and inflammatory statements and agendas. Ironically, the higher the signal-to-noise ratio, the more effective they become since any useful information would actually reign them in.
додав Raul and JonG 28 Серпень 2003
The logarithmic difference between the audio, video, or any signal and the unwanted random signal beneath it.
The signal to noise ratio of most DVD Video discs exceeds 50db. VHS, on the other hand pulls in at a lowly 38 db.
додав Cowclops 30 Серпень 2003
The approximate ratio of content-rich and interesting posts to trolls, flamewars, random shit and somesuch.
Man, the signal to noise ratio of this board dropped like a fucking rock when he started posting.
додав 290 1 Вересень 2003
The ratio of what a woman says that makes sense to what she says that makes no sense.

This ratio is generally never greater than 0.5.
Man: I think my wife was trying to tell me something, but her signal to noise ratio was too low.
додав Tim McFadden 28 Серпень 2003
the ratio of signal to noise in decibels (dB).
A postitive signal to noise ratio means the signal is louder than the noise. A negative signal to noise ratio means the noise is louder than the signal. Typically, the signal is speech, music, or whatever sound is being listened for.
додав Jody 28 Серпень 2003
The amount of screaming one generates, in proportion to the amount of real content they are communicating.

People who grow up in empty households (often with a lot of older people) feel as though noise and signal are in direct proportion, which causes them to pump more noise in the hopes of generating more signal.

See also: catharsis
"When I asked her what her problem was, the signal-to-noise ratio was just off da meat rack !"
додав handle187 31 Жовтень 2003

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