acoustic

adjective
acous·​tic | \ ə-ˈkü-stik How to pronounce acoustic (audio) \
variants: or acoustical \ ə-​ˈkü-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce acoustical (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 acoustically (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 The venue was dark save for a few strands of lights, and many of the acoustic ceiling tiles were warped with damp. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 Indie folk band The Lumineers displayed the heart of its genre at KFC Yum Center Tuesday night with full, acoustic sound and lyrical storytelling. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "The Lumineers' catchy songs at KFC Yum Center dive deep into addiction struggle," 11 Mar. 2020 During the 1970s, when other jazz musicians were turning toward electronic instruments and funkier styles of music, Mr. Tyner adamantly stuck with the acoustic piano, calling it an extension of himself. Washington Post, "McCoy Tyner, titan of jazz piano who helped propel Coltrane quartet, dies at 81," 7 Mar. 2020 To get the proper sound for the Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV, Ford sound engineer Mark Clapper had his team operate the vehicle in a virtual world to perfect the vehicle's acoustic feedback to drivers. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "Famed composer Hans Zimmer's new score: Giving sound to an electric car," 6 Mar. 2020 Hay may have been emancipated by the band’s 1986 dissolution; escaping radio pop for the broader amplitude of acoustic folk. oregonlive, "Live music in Portland: March blooms with 23 must-see concerts," 27 Feb. 2020 His vast, messy soundscapes created a whole new template for an all-American art, a sort of acoustic combine half a century before Robert Rauschenberg. Los Angeles Times, "Review: L.A. Phil’s Ives-Dvorák cycle seemed like a bad idea. Dudamel made it a revelation," 25 Feb. 2020 With a piano and standup bass in her band, the set had more of an acoustic sound. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Erykah Badu got angry at her birthday concert. It made her sound even better," 23 Feb. 2020 Preliminary acoustic data also showed a drop of alewife in 2019 from 2018. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The latest Lake Michigan assessment shows alewife remain near a record low," 22 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of acoustic was in 1635

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27 Mar 2020

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“Acoustic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acoustic. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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acoustic

adjective
How to pronounce acoustic (audio)

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 acoustical (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 acoustically (audio) \ adverb

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