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 Their 2017 reunion date in Minneapolis was very well-received; at least among the fans who could make out which songs were being played amid U.S. Bank Stadium's notoriously troublesome acoustics. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 Dynamic Boost turns a similar approach on CPU and GPU power distribution, but with the goal of optimizing efficiency rather than acoustics. Lynne Peskoe-yang, Popular Mechanics, 27 May 2021 The school’s largest auditorium wasn’t being used for either classes or events due to its poor acoustics and McMorris and Hanley seized the opportunity. Christopher Arnott,, 17 May 2021 The building’s acoustics lend themselves to the reverberating notes of crystal singing bowls; the full 60- minute session will leave you at peace and in awe. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 4 May 2021 In the video, the 19-year-old sings over soft acoustics about power dynamics in relationships— as well as the abuse of power — while a snake wraps around her body. Natalie Morin,, 30 Apr. 2021 The quartet sounded somewhat distant in the large church, despite its lively acoustics. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2021 The other features are meaningless if your listening device generates tinny and poor-quality acoustics. Jeffrey Harper,, 9 Apr. 2021 Julien Baker’s upcoming third album, Little Oblivions, is her biggest yet, abandoning her intimate acoustics for a full-band sound. Justin Curto, Vulture, 3 Feb. 2021

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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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“Acoustics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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