As a science, the word is singular ("Acoustics was his line of work"). As a collection of properties, it is plural ("The acoustics in the auditorium were not good").

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  • Acoustics — is the interdisciplinary science that deals with the study of sound, ultrasound and infrasound (all mechanical waves in gases, liquids, and solids). A scientist who works in the field of acoustics is an acoustician. The application of acoustics… …   Wikipedia

  • Acoustics — A*cous tics (#; 277), n. [Names of sciences in ics, as, acoustics, mathematics, etc., are usually treated as singular. See { ics}.] (Physics.) The science of sounds, teaching their nature, phenomena, and laws. [1913 Webster] Acoustics, then, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acoustics — англ. [эку/стикс] acoustique фр. [акусти/к] acustica ит. [аку/стика] акустика …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • acoustics — (n.) 1680s, science of sound, from ACOUSTIC (Cf. acoustic) (also see ICS (Cf. ics)). Meaning acoustic properties of a building, etc., attested from 1885 …   Etymology dictionary

  • acoustics — [n] sound quality echo, noise, sound, sound properties, sound transmission; concept 595 …   New thesaurus

  • acoustics — [ə ko͞os′tiks] pl.n. the qualities of a room, theater, etc. that have to do with how clearly sounds can be heard or transmitted in it n. the branch of physics dealing with sound, esp. with its transmission …   English World dictionary

  • acoustics — /euh kooh stiks/, n. 1. (used with a sing. v.) Physics. the branch of physics that deals with sound and sound waves. 2. (used with a pl. v.) the qualities or characteristics of a room, auditorium, stadium, etc., that determine the audibility or… …   Universalium

  • Acoustics (EP) — Infobox Album | Name = Acoustics EP Type = live Longtype = EP Artist = Hella Released = September 12, 2006 Recorded = Math Rock, Noise Rock, Avant Garde Genre = Length = 23:28 Label = 5 Rue Christine Producer = Reviews = * Pitchfork Media Rating… …   Wikipedia

  • acoustics — noun a) The physical quality of a space for performing music. Until they discovered the non contractual concrete slab under the stage floor, everyone at wondered, since the renovations, why the acoustics had changed. b) The science of sounds,… …   Wiktionary

  • acoustics —  As a science, the word is singular ( Acoustics was his line of work ). As a collection of properties, it is plural ( The acoustics in the auditorium were not good ) …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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