- 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 acoustic
George would take out his lyric book and acoustic guitar and play us the song we would be working on that day.
George took his acoustic guitar and began showing me the chord changes, which I nervously wrote out on a chord chart.
Microwave "pain rays" and acoustic crowd dispersal weapons already exist.
The Army suggests that laser, microwave or acoustic weapons are the answer.
It was a lot of bonfires and acoustic guitar and kegs and all that stuff.‘Divergent’ Star Miles Teller Is About to Take Over Hollywood
March 20, 2014
The purpose of the roof was doubtless to add to the acoustic effect.Pompeii, Its Life and Art
And how comes it that the disturbance always takes an acoustic form?Legends
This theatre it may be noted is one of the best for its acoustic properties in London.Michael Faraday
There would be no sound without the acoustic nerve and the brain.Urania
I had frequently been struck by the acoustic properties of this hallway.
- 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 acoustic
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.
- Of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the perception of sound.