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  • The acoustics permit everyone in the auditorium to hear someone speaking in a normal voice at the podium.
  • She is analyzing the acoustic properties of the auditorium.
  • Some say the concert hall has some of the best acoustics in the world.
  • It would take me six days to get home, six undays of staring at acoustic ceiling tile and watching television and sleeping and pain and wishing for time to pass.   (source)
    acoustic ceiling = a ceiling designed to decrease noise
  • The Assembly Hall was used for large lectures, debates, plays, and concerts; it had the worst acoustics in the school.   (source)
    acoustics = sound quality
  • It was at a hall in town, a place that usually showcased local bands, so the acoustics were terrible for unamplified classical.   (source)
    acoustics = sound quality (resulting from such things as the surfaces off of which sound bounces)
  • A historic venue with fine acoustics—which also happens to be in the 8th…†   (source)
  • While the room was very old, the acoustics were perfect, and there was a balance and precision to the space that seemed almost magical.†   (source)
  • Hurd's was dark and shabby, but it was comfy—the pews were wide and worn so smooth that they invited instant dozing; the light, which was absorbed by so much stone, was gray but soft; the acoustics, which may have been Hurd's only miracle, were unmuddied and deep.†   (source)
  • For an instant, Langdon thought the acoustics in the chamber had affected his hearing.†   (source)
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  • Or that the acoustics were fantastic.†   (source)
  • The band came to practice in the space, and as a lucky bonus, it seemed our choice of fabrics to cover the bland walls made for great acoustics.†   (source)
  • Just like acoustics, he said.†   (source)
  • Good acoustics?†   (source)
  • I sang directly into the mouth of the myrmekes' tunnel, trusting the acoustics to carry my message.†   (source)
  • 1 channel surround sound, the graphic equalizers, and the bass traps they have put in the four corners, have done wonders for the acoustics.†   (source)
  • I wonder what the acoustics are like in here.†   (source)
  • I picture them at one of the pricier strip clubs, the posh ones that make men believe they are still designed to rule, that women are meant to serve them, the deliberately bad acoustics and thwumping music so no one has to talk, a stretch-titted woman straddling my husband (who swears it's all in fun), her hair trailing down her back, her lips wet with gloss, but I'm not supposed to be threatened, no it's just boyish hijinks, I am supposed to laugh about it, I am supposed to be a good…†   (source)
  • From time to time, fragments of fugitive voices escaped through the open balconies, bedroom confidences, sobs of love magnified by phantasmal acoustics and the hot fragrance of jasmine in the narrow, sleeping streets.†   (source)
  • It was something to do with the acoustics in the Great Hall; all the hubbub and the high ceilings meant that so long as you lowered your voices, stood quite close, and made sure your neighbours were deep in their own chat, you had a fair chance of not being overheard.†   (source)
  • "Acoustics," he said, and grew smaller and smaller until he vanished through a door in the distance.†   (source)
  • The acoustics along the corridor were quite good, and we would try to chat a bit to each other before going to sleep.†   (source)
  • A fan turned almost imperceptibly against the stained acoustic tiles on the ceiling.†   (source)
  • It was nothing at all like SIHS's freezing cold monstrous cafeteria where the acoustics were so bad that even though I sat right next to Kayla I couldn't hear what she was babbling at me half the time.†   (source)
  • Acoustics.†   (source)
  • MIT located it using their Knowles Acoustics MR-8406 underwater microphone.†   (source)
  • Ted, pressing closer, added, "The acoustics in here are terrible.†   (source)
  • The room looked like a concert hall in miniature, its polished walls and roof designed for optimum acoustics.†   (source)
  • We aimed at the two acoustics idiots.†   (source)
  • Acoustics had faked a background.†   (source)
  • But although the acoustics in the Assembly Hall were poor, those outside the room were admirable.   (source)
    acoustics = sound quality
  • The acoustics in the Assembly Room were so poor that silences there had a heavy hum of their own.   (source)
  • The excellent exterior acoustics recorded his rushing steps and the quick rapping of his cane along the corridor and on the first steps of the marble stairway.   (source)
  • The acoustics were so bad and the light so dim that I could rarely tell who was speaking, except for Finny and Brinker who were isolated on the wide strip of marble floor between us in the seats and the others on the platform.   (source)
  • The tone on this one is wonderful, and this room has great acoustics.†   (source)
  • THE LONDON UNDERGROUND has lovely acoustics.†   (source)
  • Vilyak stood above them, red-faced and barking questions that echoed in the room's vast acoustics.†   (source)
  • The acoustics suggested a cavern, some sizable hollow.†   (source)
  • Two acoustics idiots made the mistake of attacking and insulting the major in front of half his men.†   (source)
  • No trick of acoustics could mask the origins now; the noise was coming from just ahead.†   (source)
  • The theater had just been remodeled, and the architects wanted to test the acoustics.†   (source)
  • This fear was compounded by the acoustics in such a vast interior space.†   (source)
  • The acoustics felt dull and cramped.†   (source)
  • Katherine's voice materialized up ahead in the blackness, her words almost entirely swallowed by the lifeless acoustics of this abyss.†   (source)
  • "The acoustics—the audiences—it triggers something—I go home, I hate everyone, I talk to myself, have arguments with myself in different voices, I'm upset for days.†   (source)
  • He knew the number of steps down its hallway and the acoustics of its high ceilings and archways, but most of all he knew the smells.†   (source)
  • Judging from the acoustics, Reyna was in a small room with brick or concrete walls: maybe a basement or a cell.†   (source)
  • It was hard, with all the random sound reverberations and strange acoustics, to judge distances here.†   (source)
  • "Um, hello my name is Colin Singleton and it's very dark and so you should come over here to my voice except the acoustics in this place are really w—oh that's me.†   (source)
  • Conservatives cherished it for being small and inconvenient, and thus keeping out the "new people" whom New York was beginning to dread and yet be drawn to; and the sentimental clung to it for its historic associations, and the musical for its excellent acoustics, always so problematic a quality in halls built for the hearing of music.†   (source)
  • The salon of the hotel, a room of fabled acoustics, was stripped for dancing but there was a small gallery of Englishwomen of a certain age, with neckbands, dyed hair and faces powdered pinkish gray; and of American women of a certain age, with snowy-white transformations, black dresses and lips of cherry red.†   (source)
  • After tea, we discussed a variety of topics before the fire; and Mrs. Micawber was good enough to sing us (in a small, thin, flat voice, which I remembered to have considered, when I first knew her, the very table-beer of acoustics) the favourite ballads of 'The Dashing White Sergeant', and 'Little Tafflin'.†   (source)
  • Acoustics that is.†   (source)
  • Because the acoustics, the resonance changes according as the weight of the water is equal to the law of falling water.†   (source)
  • …several maladies, and the methods of cure, they should on the fourth day return to the senate house, attended by their apothecaries stored with proper medicines; and before the members sat, administer to each of them lenitives, aperitives, abstersives, corrosives, restringents, palliatives, laxatives, cephalalgics, icterics, apophlegmatics, acoustics, as their several cases required; and, according as these medicines should operate, repeat, alter, or omit them, at the next meeting.†   (source)
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  • Acoustic guitar.   (source)
  • Damien White, son of Nemesis, lived up to his namesake by wreaking vengeance on an acoustic guitar.   (source)
  • Just acoustic melodies.   (source)
  • Outside the Papal Palace, she spoke nearly without pause, the names of all the saints and popes and cardinals spilling from her as we strolled through the cathedral square amid the flocks of doves, the tourists, the African merchants in bright tunics selling bracelets and imitation watches, the young, bespectacled musician, sitting on an apple crate, playing "Bohemian Rhapsody"— on his acoustic guitar.   (source)
  • There were a host of religious opportunities at Danbury: a Friday Mass for Catholics, and sometimes a Sunday Mass as well (usually delivered by the "hot priest," a young padre who played guitar and spoke Italian and was thus adored by all the Italian-Americans); a Spanish Christian service on the weekends; a Buddhist meditation group and also rabbinical visits on Wednesdays; and a wacky weekly nondenominational be-in led by volunteers armed with acoustic guitars and scented candles.   (source)
  • Then this guy—he couldn't have been any older than Kyle—walked out onto the stage wearing a fedora and holding an acoustic guitar.   (source)
  • Pipes do have strange acoustic effects.†   (source)
  • He'd once appeared as a soloist for the Chicago Symphony, when he was only fourteen, but now—in his wavy-haired thirties—he was a man who was more dedicated to the visual than to the acoustic.†   (source)
  • I supposed that the acoustic was always troublesome, though I never minded it.†   (source)
  • Mae was young, and moved far quicker than Stewart, and had her voice—watchers loved it, comparing it to music, calling it like woodwind and a wonderful acoustic strum—and Mae was loving it, too, feeling daily the affection of millions flow through her.†   (source)
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  • The senior consultant had diagnosed a young woman as having an acoustic neuroma, a tumor that grows at the base of the skull.†   (source)
  • Backed up by electric piano, acoustic bass, and drums, Takahashi is playing a long trombone solo.†   (source)
  • That triggered something, some acoustic device in the walls, rigged to turn on at just the sound of those words coming from her mouth.†   (source)
  • After ordering, I headed up to my room and settled in to listen to the discs Owen had made me, beginning with one entitled protest songs (acoustic and world).†   (source)
  • Christian would take one look at the acoustic version of me and run screaming for the hills.†   (source)
  • Under WOMEN SEEKING WOMEN, I see "Acoustic bass for sale.†   (source)
  • Joe pushed through a swinging door into a long hallway with a worn and stained green carpet, age-mottled paint, and a discolored acoustic-tile ceiling.†   (source)
  • They have the capacity to learn the user's own acoustic pattern, the rate of speech, and the intonation, and to adapt to that voice.†   (source)
  • He was riffing about on his acoustic guitar.   (source)
  • We saw this guy doing an acoustic set here one night, and it was surprisingly good.   (source)
  • I spotted two African American boys wearing jeans and muscle shirts, sitting on their front porch, strumming acoustic guitars and singing.   (source)
  • I mean Dad might hammer on his drums for a few hours by himself or write songs alone at the kitchen table, plinking out the notes on his beat-up acoustic guitar, but he always said that songs really got written as you played them.   (source)
  • Yousef honked, and a man of about twenty-five bounded down the steps carrying an acoustic guitar case.   (source)
  • As she went across the hallway she gave out a cry of sheer vexation which was amplified by the raw acoustic of the bare floor tiles.†   (source)
  • Briony's late and unexpected appearance had kept them alive in the household well into Emily's forties, and how soothing, how fixing they had been; the lanolin soap and thick white bath sheet, the girlish prattle echoing in the steamy bathroom acoustic; enfolding her in the towel, trapping her arms and taking her onto her lap for a moment of babyish helplessness that Briony had reveled in not so long ago; but now baby and bathwater had vanished behind a locked door, though that was…†   (source)
  • He was sitting on one of the kitchen chairs, playing a guitar, a beer at his feet, a guy with a banjo nodding beside him as they went into an acoustic version of Led Zeppelin's 'Misty Mountain Hop.'†   (source)
  • Musicians struck up some Norse dance tunes that sounded like acoustic death metal performed by feral cats.†   (source)
  • "You're wasted on acoustic.†   (source)
  • There must be here some remarkable exercise of acoustic laws!†   (source)
  • If my companions moved but a few steps away, the acoustic phenomenon would cease.†   (source)
  • This acoustic effect is easily explained on scientific grounds.†   (source)
  • "We find objective confirmation tor this," Behrens continued, "in your temperature: ninety-nine point seven at ten in the morning, which more or less matches our acoustic observations."†   (source)
  • And yet in his dreams, no less than when he was awake, Hans Castorp was unable to comprehend it: how could these rich combinations of harmony now filling his sleeping ear be re-created simply by tracing a line, fine as a human hair, above an acoustic chamber, assisted only by the vibrating membrane in the sound-box?†   (source)
  • First, it was not an optical contrivance that the guests found one evening in the music room—some of them greeting it by clasping their hands over their heads, others by folding them reverently with heads bowed—it was an acoustic instrument; and second, there was no comparison to those little mechanisms in value, status, and rank.†   (source)
  • This integrity of his inner soul, despite feelings of guilt, is of little help to him, however, since his crimes are all too obvious; he is brought before a court of priests with no sympathies for anything human, and they will make short work of him if he does not change his mind at the last moment—abandon his slave girl and throw himself into the arms of the stately mezzo with the break in her register, actions which, from a purely acoustic point of view, she fully deserves.†   (source)
  • A very sonorous bell, placed beside the portress, and which was audible throughout the house, indicated by its varied peals, which formed a sort of acoustic telegraph, all the actions of material life which were to be performed, and summoned to the parlor, in case of need, such or such an inhabitant of the house.†   (source)
  • Acoustic pictures were returned from the darkened scenery; they could hear where the tracts of heather began and ended; where the furze was growing stalky and tall; where it had been recently cut; in what direction the fir-clump lay, and how near was the pit in which the hollies grew; for these differing features had their voices no less than their shapes and colours.†   (source)
  • Mr Pancks here made a singular and startling noise, produced by a strong blowing effort in the region of the nose, unattended by any result but that acoustic one.†   (source)
  • The difficulties of interpretation since the significance of any event followed its occurrence as variably as the acoustic report followed the electrical discharge and of counterestimating against an actual loss by failure to interpret the total sum of possible losses proceeding originally from a successful interpretation.†   (source)
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  • Women enter through a side street and are "acoustically and visually separated" from the men at all times within the building.†   (source)
  • Every tin can, every dustbin, every window, every car, every wineglass, every sheet of rusty metal became activated as an acoustically perfect sounding board.†   (source)
  • Only Adler had previously demonstrated a clear grasp of the principles of acoustical design.†   (source)
  • Stilgar took her arm, led her back into the acoustical horn that formed the rear limits of the ledge.†   (source)
  • They lay still, hoping not to be discovered, but it was quiet, so quiet they imagined they must be in the countryside—for they had no experience of acoustically insulating glazing—and everyone in the hotel must be asleep.†   (source)
  • Without using acoustical devices.†   (source)
  • The actual range finding was done acoustically and often provided faulty readings.†   (source)
  • The total ugliness to come had made itself felt first as omnipresent acoustical ugliness: cars, motorcycles, electric guitars, drills, loudspeakers, sirens.†   (source)
  • There is a certain acoustical deadness in my hole, and when I have music I want to feel its vibration, not only with my ear but with my whole body.†   (source)
  • We sat down on the couch, sipping wine while listening to acoustical jazz.†   (source)
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  • I couldn't hear the words, due to some acoustical quirk.†   (source)
  • The dolphin, on the other hand … " " … is acoustically oriented.†   (source)
  • It had open acoustical ducts.†   (source)
  • The Politovskiy's acoustical signature was labeled Alfa 3 by the Americans.†   (source)
  • In better acoustical conditions they could have heard conversations.†   (source)
  • Captain, what you just heard was the acoustical signature of a Russian submarine.†   (source)
  • They're going to have to get used to a wholly new acoustical signature.†   (source)
  • The caterpillar acoustical signature is unique, Comrade.†   (source)
  • Katherine was apparently familiar with the dome's startling acoustical properties …. because the wall whispered back.†   (source)
  • If acoustically flawed, Peck knew, the building would be a failure no matter how imposing the finished structure proved to be.†   (source)
  • His voice boomed out across the uplifted faces, reverberating with the force given it by the acoustical horn behind the ledge.†   (source)
  • To help address this lack, one prominent Chicagoan, Ferdinand W. Peck, proposed to build an auditorium so big, so acoustically perfect, as to silence all the carping from the East and to make a profit to boot.†   (source)
  • Chani led the old Reverend Mother to a rock bench deep in the acoustical horn, returned to stand beside Stilgar.†   (source)
  • From deep in the acoustical horn, the old woman's voice came out to them, an amplified whisper, harsh and penetrating: "Chani has returned from her hajra—Chani has seen the waters.†   (source)
  • In the sonar room, Bugayev had powered up the acoustical jamming gear as soon as the fish were launched.†   (source)
  • Second, the deeper water would make for better acoustical conditions, opening up to them the distant sonar convergence zone.†   (source)
  • It could identify ships by name from their individual acoustical signatures, much as one could identify the finger or voice prints of a human.†   (source)
  • But considering an acoustical daydream in this light, as a musical variety of ludus, I wonder if it might not indeed promote a certain ethos and foster a particular way of enjoying things?†   (source)
  • But a man's character is his fate, says Heraclitus, and in the end there isn't any way to disguise the nature of the knocks by acoustical work on the door or gloving the knuckles.†   (source)
  • As for Hans Castorp's case, the optical and acoustical results corresponded as precisely as one could ever demand of science.†   (source)
  • But so far it's merely a matter of acoustical observation, and we won't have any real diagnostic certainty until I'm on my feet again and they X-ray me and take an interior snapshot.†   (source)
  • It was such a curious corner in its acoustical properties, such a peculiar Ear of a place, that as Mr. Lorry stood at the open window, looking for the father and daughter whose steps he heard, he fancied they would never approach.†   (source)
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