A Word A Day : Acoustics

Monday, 5th November 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : aka-sti-ks

1. The scientific study of sound ( takes a singular verb )

2. The characteristic way in which sound carries or can be heard within an enclosed space such as an auditorium ( takes a plural verb )

3. Quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in


Phonetics, Harmonics

Contextual Example:

• He was a teacher of acoustics and a student of electricity, possibly the only man in his generation who was able to focus a knowledge of both subjects upon the problem of the telephone.

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