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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There is also an acoustic set part of the way through — the only real concession, according to Richards, to slowing down. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "With Rolling Stones’ return, Keith Richards looks for peace and quiet — on stage," 29 June 2019 The opening act, Connecticut’s Alexander, plays equally captivating acoustic music defined by intense quiet. John Adamian, courant.com, "Brazilian pop star Sessa at the State House," 28 June 2019 The Phoenix, Arizona native later played an acoustic set in the Toyota Music Den, too. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Panic! At The Disco, Vampire Weekend and More Usher in Summer at Firefly Music Festival," 24 June 2019 Last night, Jackson and Glenn performed an acoustic set together at the Good Times at Davey Wayne’s bar in Hollywood, California. Vogue, "Paris Jackson and Her New Boyfriend Are Fashion’s Grooviest New Couple," 23 May 2019 The reckoning cuts sharp inside a small-combo setting defined by acoustic guitar and piano, only to be undercut by an invasion of strings and horns. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Bruce Springsteen drops off 'Western Stars' in Vegas," 14 June 2019 Slash got me this really nice acoustic guitar for the tour. Sarah Rodman, EW.com, "Try a Little Tenderness: Duff McKagan on working with Shooter Jennings and new Guns N' Roses music," 14 June 2019 The orchestra features mandolins, acoustic guitar, whistles, flutes, fiddles and pipes. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "'Come From Away:’ Amazing show closes out Broadway season in Orlando | Review," 11 June 2019 For her rendition of the track, Brie turns the piano ballad into an equally moving acoustic number. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Brie Larson Sings Ariana Grande's "My Everything" on Instagram," 5 May 2019

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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

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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