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acoustics

[uh-koo-stiks] /əˈku stɪks/
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) Physics. the branch of physics that deals with sound and sound waves.
2.
(used with a plural verb) the qualities or characteristics of a room, auditorium, stadium, etc., that determine the audibility or fidelity of sounds in it.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; see acoustic, -ics
Related forms
hyperacoustics, noun
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acoustics

/əˈkuːstɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the scientific study of sound and sound waves
2.
(functioning as pl) the characteristics of a room, auditorium, etc, that determine the fidelity with which sound can be heard within it
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acoustics

n.

1680s, "science of sound," from acoustic (also see -ics). Meaning "acoustic properties" of a building, etc., attested from 1885.

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hyper acoustics in Medicine

acoustics a·cous·tics (ə-kōō'stĭks)
n.
The scientific study of sound, especially of its generation, transmission, and reception.

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acoustics
  (ə-k'stĭks)   

  1. (Used with a singular verb) The scientific study of sound and its transmission.

  2. (Used with a plural verb) The total effect of sound, especially as produced in an enclosed space.


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