- (used with a singular verb) Physics. the branch of physics that deals with sound and sound waves.
- (used with a plural verb) the qualities or characteristics of a room, auditorium, stadium, etc., that determine the audibility or fidelity of sounds in it.
Origin of acoustics
- pertaining to the sense or organs of hearing, to sound, or to the science of sound.
- (of a building material) designed for controlling sound.
- of, relating to, or being a musical instrument whose sound is not electrically enhanced or modified.
- arranged for or made up of such instruments: an acoustic solo; an acoustic group.
- Obsolete. a remedy for deafness or imperfect hearing.
Origin of acoustic
Examples from the Web for acoustics
One, with a grand main chamber dramatically illuminated by candle niches, recently shared its acoustics during a concert.New Mexico’s Amazing Man-Made Caves
December 12, 2013
It is as if the laws of light should be applied to a question in acoustics.
The acoustics of this immense and peculiarly-shaped building are most perfect.Ranching, Sport and Travel
The acoustics of the silent hall carried his soft voice up to us.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
When the house is full, the audience makes a difference in the acoustics.The Art of Stage Dancing
The laws of acoustics, bearing on the voice, have also been carefully considered.The Psychology of Singing
David C. Taylor
- (functioning as singular) the scientific study of sound and sound waves
- (functioning as plural) the characteristics of a room, auditorium, etc, that determine the fidelity with which sound can be heard within it
- of or related to sound, the sense of hearing, or acoustics
- designed to respond to, absorb, or control soundan acoustic tile
- (of a musical instrument or recording) without electronic amplificationan acoustic bass; an acoustic guitar
Word Origin and History for acoustics
c.1600, from French acoustique, from Greek akoustikos "pertaining to hearing," from akoustos "heard, audible," verbal adjective from akouein "to hear," probably from copulative prefix a- + koein "to mark, perceive, hear," from PIE *kous- "to hear," perhaps from root *(s)keu- "to notice, observe" (see caveat). Acoustic guitar (as opposed to electric) attested by 1958. Related: Acoustical; acoustically.
- The scientific study of sound, especially of its generation, transmission, and reception.
- Of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the perception of sound.
- Used with a singular verb The scientific study of sound and its transmission.
- Used with a plural verb The total effect of sound, especially as produced in an enclosed space.