acoustic

adjective
acous·​tic | \ ə-ˈküs-tik How to pronounce acoustic (audio) \
variants: or acoustical \ -​ti-​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 \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce acoustically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for acoustic

Synonyms

audial, audile, auditory, aural, auricular

Antonyms

nonauditory

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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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As noted above, Amazon keeps these recordings to personalize the Alexa experience to your household and uses them to create an acoustic model of your voice. Natt Garun, The Verge, "How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Amazon Alexa has recorded," 28 Feb. 2019 In a new video for Vogue, the actress dances to an acoustic rendition of the song at the Weylin in Brooklyn (one of the creative world’s favorite event spaces). Vogue, "Watch Priyanka Chopra Dance to Nick Jonas’s Soulful Song, “Close”," 1 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, Stranger Things cast members Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Sadie Sink, and Joe Keery enjoyed a special acoustic performance by Okay Kaya. Julia Russo, Vogue, "Miu Miu Introduces the Miu Miu Type Capsule Collection in Los Angeles," 14 Sep. 2018 After walking the red carpet, Hailee made a quick change, this time opting for a metallic bustier and matching pants for an empowering talk and acoustic performance. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailee Steinfeld Wears a Button-Down Shirt Dress on the Post-it Red Carpet in New York," 24 July 2018 The special pre-theater will host art exhibits year-round, play readings and acoustic performances, among other events. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Storefront Theatre plans to open in Broad Ripple," 22 June 2018 Horrible acoustic covers of Paper Boi songs from white women have begun cropping up online. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Atlanta's Perfect Satire of the Music Industry in 2018," 20 Mar. 2018 Critics agree that the LP, with its dreamy acoustic arrangements and seemingly stream-of-consciousness lyrics, ranks among the greatest ever. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "An ‘Astral Weeks’ origin story, told 50 years after Van Morrison fled to Boston," 1 Mar. 2018 Of course, the romantic night included an acoustic performance from Shay. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "See All the Dreamy Photos from Shay Mooney and Hannah Billingsley's Arkansas Wedding," 30 Nov. 2017

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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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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 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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