plural noun
acous·​tics | \ ə-ˈkü-stiks How to pronounce acoustics (audio) \

Definition of acoustics

1 singular in construction : a science that deals with the production, control, transmission, reception, and effects of sound
2 also acoustic\ ə-​ˈkü-​stik How to pronounce acoustics (audio) \ : the qualities that determine the ability of an enclosure (such as an auditorium) to reflect sound waves in such a way as to produce distinct hearing

Examples of acoustics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Does their technology support you in your home office, and does the technology in the office support participants who are both remote and in the office (think: easy access, large displays, good acoustics, etc.). Tracy Brower, Forbes, 12 June 2022 Adding to the building’s distinctive music focus is an emphasis on acoustics, one that Leiweke and his colleagues expect to keep tweaking. Natalie Weiner, Billboard, 2 May 2022 By then the pair had transformed the building into a magnificent space, with state-of-the-art technology, a fine bar, marvelous acoustics, and stylish apartments for visiting performers and for themselves. Rick Kogan,, 8 Mar. 2022 The auditorium seats seven hundred and twenty; the acoustics are dry but clear. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 To better understand these underwater acoustics, Clark and his colleagues have developed graphic animations that show the acoustic habitat as experienced by whales. Elizabeth Grossman, Scientific American, 22 Oct. 2010 The ballyhooed acoustics of the Bowl had already become less impressive in the 1930s and early 1940s. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 Thankfully their playing was graced by the lovely acoustics of Baker-Baum Concert Hall. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2022 For music, an organ containing 2,433 pipes was available, and explainers are given on how the acoustics in the room worked (very well). Marc Bona, cleveland, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of acoustics

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acoustics

acoust(ic) + -ics

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noun plural
acous·​tics | \ ə-ˈkü-stiks How to pronounce acoustics (audio) \

Kids Definition of acoustics

: the qualities in a room that affect how well a person in it can hear


noun, plural in form but singular in construction
acous·​tics | \ ə-ˈkü-stiks How to pronounce acoustics (audio) \

Medical Definition of acoustics

: a science that deals with the production, control, transmission, reception, and effects of sound

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