the branch of science dealing with the sounds of speech in terms of their frequency, duration, intensity, etc., especially as analyzed by means of instruments like the sound spectrograph and the oscillograph.
a composite branch of physics and linguistics that treats sound proper as it relates to speech.
the branch of phonetics dealing with the transmission of sounds to the ear and the reception of them by the ear prior to neurological processing.
(functioning as sing) the branch of phonetics concerned with the acoustic properties of human speech Compare auditory phonetics, articulatory phonetics
- Acoustic radiation
acoustic radiation acoustic radiation n. The radiation of fibers that pass from the medial geniculate body to the transverse temporal gyri of the cerebral cortex and form part of the sublentiform part of the internal capsule.
- Acoustic reactance
acoustic impedance caused by the inertia and elasticity of the transmitting medium.
- Acoustic resistance
acoustic impedance caused by the internal friction of the transmitting medium.
- Acoustic shock
noun a condition characterized by dizziness and partial hearing loss suffered by some people exposed to sudden loud noises over telephone or radio headsets; associated esp with workers in call centres noun a complaint of damaged hearing as a result of telephone workers wearing headphones or earphones being subjected to excessive, continuous, or high-pitched noise […]
- Acoustic stria
acoustic stria acoustic stria n. See medullary stria of fourth ventricle.