bio·​acous·​tics ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-ə-ˈkü-stiks How to pronounce bioacoustics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a branch of science concerned with the production of sound by and its effects on living organisms
bioacoustician noun

Examples of bioacoustics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Digital bioacoustics relies on very small, portable, lightweight digital recorders, which are like miniature microphones that scientists are installing everywhere from the Arctic to the Amazon. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 7 Feb. 2023 In 2023, tech companies such as Microsoft will also start leveraging AI models to assist researchers in processing and analyzing large volumes of bioacoustics recordings. WIRED, 5 Jan. 2023 In 2023, scientists will also use digital bioacoustics to regenerate ecosystems. WIRED, 5 Jan. 2023 Owing to advances in recording technologies and artificial intelligence, researchers in the burgeoning field of bioacoustics can now download thousands of hours of animal sounds and leave the work of sifting through them to a computer. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 In fact, indri rhythm can be the same as human rhythm, says Ravignani, who studies bioacoustics at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Sara Harrison, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 Gridley and her husband are whale and dolphin experts — Gridley focuses on bioacoustics, how those animals communicate — and are largely self-funding the seal work with the help of online donations. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 Chiara De Gregorio, a bioacoustics researcher at the University of Turin who worked with Ravignani and others to analyze lemurs' songs, wasn’t surprised. Sara Harrison, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 The documentary—written and directed by Zeman and executive produced by actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrian Grenier—is inspired by the findings of the late bioacoustics scientist William Watkins. Pakinam Amer, Scientific American, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bioacoustics was in 1955

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“Bioacoustics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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noun, plural in form but singular in construction
bio·​acous·​tics -ə-ˈküs-tiks How to pronounce bioacoustics (audio)
: a branch of science that deals with the relation between living things and sound
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