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 acoustic (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 It’s made in Corona, California and can mimic the sound of dreadnought and small body acoustics as well as the classic solidbody electric Telecaster. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "Go Big This Father’s Day With These Splurge-Worthy Options," 17 June 2020 The school’s classrooms are given special considerations for acoustics, making sure each class has a great listening environment along with technology like teacher worn microphones with devices that transmit directly to student’s hearing aids. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "Melinda Webb School enrolling students without hearing loss," 10 June 2020 The cancellations include bottom trawl surveys at the Aleutian Islands, the eastern Bering Sea and the northern Bering Sea, the Bering Sea pollock acoustics survey, and the fall ecosystem survey. Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-19 forces cancellation of annual Alaska fish and crab surveys," 9 June 2020 The directing team embeds and layers footage of those riots with acoustics of the 1992 Rodney King riots as an intertextual critique, showing the circumstances that have shaped the environment. Samantha N. Sheppard, The Atlantic, "The Films That Understand Why People Riot," 9 June 2020

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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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20 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Acoustics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of acoustics

: the qualities of a room (such as its shape or size) that make it easy or difficult for people inside to hear sounds clearly : acoustic qualities
: the science that studies sounds


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 but singular or plural 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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