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 larger image shows present-day Mellencamp with an acoustic guitar. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "John Mellencamp checks out Seymour mural and adds his initials," 30 Oct. 2019 Rayne now lives in Nashville with her husband Jake Bonner, who plays bass in Christian-pop band Bonray with his siblings Zac (vocals, acoustic guitar), Jesse (electric guitar) and Morgan (drums, vocals). Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "5 things to know about Destiny Rayne, South Florida contestant on NBC’s ‘The Voice’," 28 Oct. 2019 In the video, Lourd, accompanied by two guitarists, sings an acoustic version of the Petty classic while sitting in her mom's bathtub. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Billie Lourd honors mom Carrie Fisher on her birthday with ice cream, Coke and Tom Petty," 21 Oct. 2019 The release of the new acoustic version of the record comes three years after Prince's death in April 2016 from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl. Amir Vera, CNN, "Prince estate releases unheard acoustic track," 19 Oct. 2019 The lab is unnaturally quiet, its studio-quality acoustic wall paneling muffling the sounds of nearby rehearsals. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Hopkins professor Thomas Dolby aims to help the next generation score the future," 17 Sep. 2019 Drawing from symphonies, chamber music and conceptualism, electro-acoustic fusions, neo-romanticism and choral music, string quartets, song cycles and serialism, Reynolds embraces and expands many traditions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Classical music: Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds a whirlwind of music," 15 Sep. 2019 With sand, the more carbonate there is to produce carbon-dioxide gas, the greater the acoustic shift. The Economist, "The sound of sand reveals its source," 14 Sep. 2019 Tori Kelly goes acoustic in the Amplify Escape KAABOO’s Amplify Escape is a haven tucked inside the festival for VIP Hang Five and Hang Ten passholders. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "KAABOO Music Festival Day One Highlights: Maren Morris Gets Personal, Boyz II Men Get Nostalgic and More," 14 Sep. 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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The first known use of acoustic was in 1635

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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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