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

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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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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4 Oct 2022

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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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