Adjective "acoustic" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Relating to sound or the sense of hearing.
  1. 'Their underwater acoustic sense and echo-location skills are legendary.'
  2. 'Once the pod is in acoustic range, Luna will be released in hopes he reunites with his family.'
  3. 'Until now, no one had measured the absolute acoustic profile of the human body - that is, how the body scatters sound waves independently of where it happens to be.'
  4. 'To achieve this coordination, songbirds must open and close their beaks in register with the acoustic frequency of the sound being produced.'
  5. 'As it happens, these neurons are also very sensitive to the acoustic boundaries between speech sounds, as are monkeys and human infants.'
  6. 'But very sensitive hearing is necessary to hear all the acoustic cues in speech sounds.'
  7. 'Quickly sensing the acoustic mismatch, the woman closes the bathroom door, muting the water sounds.'
  8. 'Today, enemy targets can be engaged at ranges where they are seen on an electronic device solely as an item of electromagnetic, infrared, or acoustic data.'
  9. 'Such samples display a large number of acoustic modes, with little separation in frequency.'
  10. 'The place has been designed with a great acoustic sense.'
  11. 'acoustic tiles'
  12. 'My room came with a vast stain spreading across the acoustic tiles in the ceiling.'
  13. 'A smug smile on her face, she reached up and found her grip on the acoustic tile.'
  14. 'Apparently this quietness was achieved by using ‘sound-deadening materials, additional door seals and acoustic glass’.'
  15. 'Interior surfaces are of pine and birch plywood boarding and acoustic wood louvres.'
  16. 'When acoustic texture material is wet, asbestos fibers are withheld from release into the air.'
  17. 'Lead paint, which existed mostly on the window frames and in acoustic tile, were carefully removed, and the asbestos is being either removed or encapsulated.'
  18. 'Highly light reflective, acoustic tiles let more available light reflect back into the room, and save money in utility costs.'
  19. 'The ceiling itself mirrored the floor - white acoustic tile, smooth and nearly unbroken.'
  20. 'Innovations within the product lines of acoustic tile manufacturers allow for a more clean, crisp uncluttered aesthetic.'
  21. 'Then you can start deciding things like where to place furniture and acoustic material, finding a good room that's not a hallway next to a jackhammer and so on.'
  22. 'This structure is derived from the melon of other odontocetes, and like the melon, may serve as a sort of acoustic lens.'
  23. 'Just as camera lenses focus light, acoustic lenses reshape sound, spreading it horizontally to increase the sensation of space.'
  24. 'Just Recently researchers were able to determine the damage to the ship by imaging the sunken liner with an acoustic device known as a sub-bottom profiler.'
  25. 'At Oxford University, researchers have developed an acoustic camera that builds up visual pictures using sound.'
  26. 'Once this had been introduced, the Germans began to use acoustic mines which were detonated by the sound of a ship's propeller acting on a diaphragm within them.'
  27. 'Alternately, the use of high power microwave technology, acoustic weapons or nonlethal chemicals might be called for.'
  28. 'Agate generates the acoustic signature of any ship in order to trigger acoustic mines.'
  29. 'When the Second World War broke out, Crick was put to work for the British Navy developing magnetic and acoustic mines for use against German submarines and ships.'
  30. 'What about nonlethal devices such as acoustic or heat ‘weapons’?'
(of popular music or musical instruments) not having electrical amplification.
  1. 'old-fashioned acoustic instruments'
  2. 'Because the band which has defined the sound of contemporary bluegrass over the last decade or so raises the bar in acoustic music with every new record.'
  3. 'It's a total transition - he's gone from acoustic jazz into electric jazz-rock.'
  4. 'It's a superb example of acoustic jazz ensemble playing and lovely multi-horn arranging.'
  5. 'While another strong contender for best track on the album is Black Mountain, a haunting ballad built around a strong acoustic guitar riff and some heady stabs of violin.'
  6. 'Appropriately, the movements are accompanied by live electronic and acoustic music.'
  7. 'I listen to as much acoustic music as electronic these days; I like to keep an open mind.'
  8. 'It's been a while since an album has taken such great lengths to show that there is some tangible relation between the worlds of electronic and acoustic music.'
  9. 'Neil Young says Jansch did for the acoustic guitar what Jimi Hendrix did for the electric guitar.'
  10. 'In some quieter moments acoustic and slide guitars give them a breezy alt-country feel, while other songs seem designed for dancing.'
  11. 'While many musicians of his generation were turning their back on acoustic music, he remained a loyal folkie.'


The properties or qualities of a room or building that determine how sound is transmitted in it.
  1. '‘The perfect acoustics in the Heritage Centre make it the ideal venue for storytelling, music and song,’ says Ms Byrne.'
  2. 'The acoustics in this room sometimes are a little deceptive.'
  3. 'Wavy perforated metal panels aid the room's acoustics yet appear to float off of the brick walls.'
  4. 'Good sound guys can figure out the acoustics during sound check relatively quickly, but that's only going to go so far.'
  5. 'The Cathedral is a beautiful venue for concerts and recitals and all musicians who play there comment on the wonderful acoustic of the building.'
  6. 'Luckily the room was not without excellent acoustics (even if her ears were still ringing a bit).'
  7. 'The cave's acoustics intensified the sound, causing her to become fully aware of the headache she was trying to ignore in the hope of placating it.'
  8. 'His voice, as heard over the television, is not ideally modulated, but it was probably adapted to the acoustics in the room as he heard his own voice.'
  9. '‘The acoustics in this house can play tricks with sounds,’ the earl continued.'
  10. 'The courtroom was huge, but the acoustics in the room were good and even the slightest bit of breathing could be heard.'
The branch of physics concerned with the properties of sound.
  1. 'Swedenborg joined his mysticism with a keen interest in natural science, especially acoustics.'
  2. 'Since that time, considerable advances have been made in the science of underwater acoustics and the hardware used for the detection of faint signals.'
  3. 'Duhamel worked on partial differential equations and applied his methods to the theory of heat, to rational mechanics and to acoustics.'
  4. 'Thompson, for example, could easily have written a history of technological changes in the history of sound and acoustics.'
  5. 'He specializes in ocean acoustics, signal processing and physical oceanography.'
  6. 'He studied continuum mechanics, lunar theory with Clairaut, the three body problem, elasticity, acoustics, the wave theory of light, hydraulics, and music.'
  7. 'In the following article, Matthew Malsky analyzes the effect of digital technology on the science of acoustics in pursuit of a ‘real’ listening experience.'
  8. 'It was Murray who taught Alexander Graham Bell the basics of acoustics and electricity and thus was the grandfather, if not the father, of the telephone.'
  1. 'Seth picked up Ferris' brand new black Taylor acoustic.'
  2. 'The trio has traded in their pedals and sneers for slides and acoustics.'
  3. 'Sitting on the stage beside the case he opened it and pulled out a beautiful cherry stained acoustic.'
  4. 'Then he swaps to bass guitar or acoustic, Derek comes in on violin, Basil starts to sing.'
  5. 'He recently released a jazz-based CD which shows his command of the steel and nylon acoustics as well as electric jazz guitar.'

More definitions

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. 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

4. Obsolete. a remedy for deafness or imperfect hearing.

More examples(as adjective)

"guitars can be acoustic."

"scores can be acoustic."

"microscopes can be acoustic."

"informations can be acoustic."

"signals can be acoustic."

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Mid 17th century: from Greek akoustikos, from akouein ‘hear’.