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 Weber, a Twin Cities acoustic guitar maven, died Jan. 27 in Concord, Calif., of complications of COPD. 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 The score is just a range of guitars — acoustic, a resonator guitar and an electric guitar with effects — and two cellos. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Composer Tamar-kali on the Perks of An Intimate Score," 29 Jan. 2021 Trampled by Turtles After postponing plans to hole up and record a new album in the fall, Minnesota's acoustic sextet regrouped at First Avenue to revisit old albums in a series of safe, audience-less concerts streaming every Thursday in February. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "Beloved Minnesota band revisits its trampling grounds and 7 more things to watch this week," 28 Jan. 2021 The song is deeply personal to Anna Leone, but the combination of its gentle acoustic instrumental and feather-soft vocals send a universal message: growth hurts. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know: Nomi Ruiz, Chloe Tang, GRIFF, & More," 25 Jan. 2021 Obviously, the energy at a solo acoustic show is different than for an electric band show. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Mike Cooley talks Drive-By Truckers tour-riders, Sarah Palin, pandemic shows," 5 Jan. 2021 There’s also a device called an acoustic doppler current profiler that can detect the speed and direction of water currents down to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet). Eric Niiler, Wired, "The Autonomous Saildrone Surveyor Preps for Its Sea Voyage," 18 Jan. 2021 Another 92,000 gallons of water per minute will be sprayed through 92 nozzles to provide vibro-acoustic suppression protection to the core stage. Mary Perez And Lauren Walck | The Sun Herald, NOLA.com, "NASA to test engines for 'most powerful rocket ever' in Mississippi this weekend," 15 Jan. 2021 An acoustic drum set is a high-decibel instrument with low frequencies particularly suited to spreading. New York Times, "How to Soundproof a Room," 12 Jan. 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 2 Mar. 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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