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əˈku stɪksacous·tics

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acousticsnoun

    the study of the physical properties of sound


  1. acousticsnoun

    The physical quality of a space for performing music.

    Until they discovered the non-contractual concrete slab under the stage floor, everyone at Carnegie Hall wondered, since the renovations, why the acoustics had changed.

  2. acousticsnoun

    The science of sounds, teaching their nature, phenomena and laws.

    Acoustics, then, or the science of sound, is a very considerable branch of physics. - Sir John Herschel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acousticsnoun

    the science of sounds, teaching their nature, phenomena, and laws

    Etymology: [Names of sciences in -ics, as, acoustics, mathematics, etc., are usually treated as singular. See -ics.]


  1. Acoustics

    Acoustics is the interdisciplinary science that deals with the study of all mechanical waves in gases, liquids, and solids including vibration, sound, ultrasound and infrasound. A scientist who works in the field of acoustics is an acoustician while someone working in the field of acoustics technology may be called an acoustical engineer. The application of acoustics can be seen in almost all aspects of modern society with the most obvious being the audio and noise control industries. Hearing is one of the most crucial means of survival in the animal world, and speech is one of the most distinctive characteristics of human development and culture. Accordingly, the science of acoustics spreads across many facets of human society—music, medicine, architecture, industrial production, warfare and more. Art, craft, science and technology have provoked one another to advance the whole, as in many other fields of knowledge. Robert Bruce Lindsay's 'Wheel of Acoustics' is a well accepted overview of the various fields in acoustics. The word "acoustic" is derived from the Greek word ακουστικός, meaning "of or for hearing, ready to hear" and that from ἀκουστός, "heard, audible", which in turn derives from the verb ἀκούω, "I hear".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Acoustics

    the science of sound as it affects the ear, specially of the laws to be observed in the construction of halls so that people may distinctly hear in them.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Acoustics

    The branch of physics that deals with sound and sound waves. In medicine it is often applied in procedures in speech and hearing studies. With regard to the environment, it refers to the characteristics of a room, auditorium, theatre, building, etc. that determines the audibility or fidelity of sounds in it. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acoustics in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acoustics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  1. Director Rory Jeffes:

    For the first time the Concert Hall will deliver the true ambitions of the original creators, people will be able to enjoy the great orchestras of the world in one of the greatest acoustics in the world.

  2. Ash Leabenworth:

    Ash Leabenworth said. He said hes lived on North Campbell street for eight years and up until a few weeks ago, it was a quiet area. Especially last night when the union was caught on fire, so we felt pretty scared for our neighbors then. As much as we do support the protests its been a trip having cops our here with their LRAD systems and blowing up the acoustics of the neighborhood.

  3. Geoffrey Carter:

    The infrared looks for a flash from a gunshot and the acoustics listens for the bang, so we get the flash and the bang, and then we cue the operator. The accoustics get us very accurate azimuth, or bearing, to the threat. The combination of knowing the speed of light and the speed of sound, we’re able to get the distance in the time of arrival to the threat.

  4. Investment Commission:

    Considering that Merry Electronics is the domestic leader in the micro-electronic acoustics industry, (such an investment) could affect the future of Taiwan's overall development in this industry.

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