acoustic

adjective
acous·​tic | \ ə-ˈkü-stik How to pronounce acoustic (audio) \
variants: or acoustical \ ə-​ˈkü-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce acoustic (audio) \

Definition of acoustic

1 : of or relating to the sense or organs of hearing, to sound, or to the science of sounds acoustic apparatus of the ear acoustic energy : such as
a : deadening or absorbing sound acoustic tile
b : operated by or utilizing sound waves
2 : of, relating to, or being a musical instrument whose sound is not electronically modified

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Other Words from acoustic

acoustically \ ə-​ˈkü-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce acoustic (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of acoustic in a Sentence

the acoustic properties of a room She loves listening to acoustic folk music. an acoustic performance of a rock-and-roll song
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Recent Examples on the Web Yeah, man, acoustic guitars and keyboards and a whole drumkit and a PA. Steve Knopper, Billboard, "Event Designer Bobby Garza in Austin, in a Pandemic: A Cold Reality in Texas," 19 Feb. 2021 Weber persuaded the owners to sell acoustic guitars. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Chris Weber, 'unsung hero' of Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' and former owner of the Podium, dies at 73," 12 Feb. 2021 Prices go as high as $349 per vehicle for the two Oct. 4 DJ Snoopadelic shows and $350 for the Nov. 1 acoustic performance by Aaron Lewis of Staind and Sully Erna of Godsmack. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Concerts in Your Car’ to debut at Del Mar with DJ Snoop Dogg, the Beach Boys, Slightly Stoopid and more," 23 Sep. 2020 Yet in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the music industry relied heavily on livestreams—typically just one artist in a room with webcam doing an acoustic performance. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How do music festivals adapt to a pandemic? They Fest in Place, of course," 18 Sep. 2020 The trio drank coffee and got high while Sill sat on a patterned couch beside the kitchen, strumming her acoustic guitar with a beagle beside her. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, "The Many Lives of Judee Sill," 16 Mar. 2021 As the song, which features deep textures of piano, acoustic guitar, organ, and snapping fingers, progresses, Radnor slowly reconciles his feelings. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "‘How I Met Your Mother’ Star Josh Radnor Previews New EP With Introspective ‘The High Road’," 10 Mar. 2021 The actress embodied a vintage, rocker aesthetic, strumming an acoustic guitar in a denim mini dress, black turtleneck, and over-the-knee boots covered in vibrant rainbow tie-dye. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Millie Bobby Brown Wore Tie-Dye Over-the-Knee Boots And They're On Sale For $22," 8 Mar. 2021 Lambert takes lead vocals, longing for a distant love, while Randall picks an acoustic guitar and both men harmonize. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Miranda Lambert Goes Down to Texas, Comes Back With a Full Album," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of acoustic

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acoustic

acoustic borrowed from Medieval Latin acousticus, acūsticus, borrowed from Greek akoustikós, from akoustós "heard, audible" (verbal adjective of akoúein "to hear," going back to Indo-European h2kous-) + -ikos -ic entry 1; acoustical from acoustic + -al entry 1 — more at hear

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“Acoustic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acoustic. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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acoustic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of acoustic

: of or relating to sound or to the sense of hearing
of a musical instrument : not having its sound changed by electrical devices
: made with or using acoustic instruments

acoustic

adjective
acous·​tic | \ ə-ˈkü-stik How to pronounce acoustic (audio) \
variants: or acoustical \ -​sti-​kəl \

Kids Definition of acoustic

1 : of or relating to hearing or sound
2 : not having the sound changed by electrical devices an acoustic guitar

acoustic

adjective
acous·​tic | \ ə-ˈkü-stik How to pronounce acoustic (audio) \
variants: or acoustical \ -​sti-​kəl How to pronounce acoustic (audio) \

Medical Definition of acoustic

: of or relating to the sense or organs of hearing, to sound, or to the science of sounds acoustic apparatus of the ear acoustic energy : as
a : deadening or absorbing sound acoustic tile
b : operated by or utilizing sound waves

Other Words from acoustic

acoustically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce acoustic (audio) \ adverb

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