from The Century Dictionary.

  • Hearing; listening: as, acousmatic disciples.
  • noun A name given to such of the disciples of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras as had not completed their years of probation; hence, a professed hearer; a probationer.
  • noun An equivalent form is acoustic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Referring to a sound that has no visually identifiable cause.
  • adjective Referring to Pythagorean disciples who for years listened to his lectures from behind a curtain, unable to see him.
  • adjective music Referring to pre-recorded music that is presented in concert using loudspeakers, e.g. some types of computer music.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin acousmaticus, from Ancient Greek ἀκουσματικός (akousmatikos), from ἀκούω (akouō, "I hear").


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