EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective Also a·cous·ti·cal. pertaining to the sense or organs of hearing, to sound, or to the science of sound. (of a building material) designed for controlling sound. . Music 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. noun . Obsolete a remedy for deafness or imperfect hearing. Origin of acoustic
dating back to
-tic Related forms a·cous·ti·cal·ly, adverb non·a·cous·tic, adjective, noun non·a·cous·ti·cal, adjective non·a·cous·ti·cal·ly, adverb un·a·cous·tic, adjective un·a·cous·ti·cal, adjective un·a·cous·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for acoustically Contemporary Examples of acoustically British Dictionary definitions for acoustically adjective of or related to sound, the sense of hearing, or acoustics designed to respond to, absorb, or control sound an acoustic tile (of a musical instrument or recording) without electronic amplification an acoustic bass; an acoustic guitar Derived Forms acoustically, adverb Word Origin for acoustic
C17: from Greek
akoustikos, from akouein to hear
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Word Origin and History for acoustically adj.
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.
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adj. Of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the perception of sound.
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