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Acoustics Glossary & Definitions

To help demystify some acoustics theory, here is a short guide on some common acoustics language, abbreviations and their meaning.

Acoustics Glossary: Text


  • Department for Education (2015). BB93 Acoustic design of schools: performance standards. London: The British Standards Institution

  • Ermann, M. (2015). Architectural Acoustics Illustrated. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons

  • Everest, F. & Pohlmann, K. (2015). Master Handbook of Acoustics, Sixth Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education

  • Gracey & Associates (2019). Acoustic Glossary. Huntingdon, UK: Gracey & Associates. Available from:

  • Hollins, M., Peters, R., & Smith, B. (2013). Acoustics and Noise Control, Third Edition. Oxon: Routledge

  • The Institute of Acoustics (2016). IOA Distance Learning Course - General Principles of Acoustics Module. St. Albans: IOA

Acoustics Glossary: List
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