- 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 acoustically
“When Jake first played it for me acoustically, I thought he was making a mistake on the timing of the verse,” Rubin tells me.Jake Bugg Isn’t the New Bob Dylan. He’s the Male Adele.
November 19, 2013
- 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 acoustically
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.