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Etymology Edit

From acoustic +‎ -s.

Pronunciation Edit

  • IPA(key): /əˈkuː.stɪks/
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Noun Edit

acoustics (uncountable) See -ics regarding the treatment of such nouns as singular.

  1. (physics) The science of sounds, teaching their nature, phenomena and laws.
    • (Can we date this quote by Herschel and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?) Sir John Herschel
      Acoustics, then, or the science of sound, is a very considerable branch of physics.
  2. The properties of a space that affect how sound carries.
    The acoustics in the opera house gave the whole concert a spooky sound.

Usage notes Edit

  • The science was previously divided by some writers into diacoustics, which explains the properties of sounds coming directly from (sic! Webster) the ear; and catacoustics, which treats of reflected sounds or echoes. This division is now obsolete.

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Noun Edit


  1. plural of acoustic

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