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adjective Also a·cous·ti·cal.
  1. pertaining to the sense or organs of hearing, to sound, or to the science of sound.
  2. (of a building material) designed for controlling sound.
  3. Music.
    1. of, relating to, or being a musical instrument whose sound is not electrically enhanced or modified.
    2. arranged for or made up of such instruments: an acoustic solo; an acoustic group.
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  1. Obsolete. a remedy for deafness or imperfect hearing.
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Origin of acoustic

From the Greek word akoustikós, dating back to 1595–1605. See acouasm, -tic
Related formsa·cous·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·a·cous·tic, adjective, nounnon·a·cous·ti·cal, adjectivenon·a·cous·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·a·cous·tic, adjectiveun·a·cous·ti·cal, adjectiveun·a·cous·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. of or related to sound, the sense of hearing, or acoustics
  2. designed to respond to, absorb, or control soundan acoustic tile
  3. (of a musical instrument or recording) without electronic amplificationan acoustic bass; an acoustic guitar
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Derived Formsacoustically, adverb

Word Origin for acoustic

C17: from Greek akoustikos, from akouein to hear
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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.

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acoustically in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the perception of sound.
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