ANSI/ASA S1.1-2013, published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is the current American National Standard on Acoustical Terminology.[1] ANSI S1.1 was first published in 1960 and has its roots in a 1942 standard published by the American Standards Association, the predecessor of ANSI.[2] It includes the following sections

  1. Scope
  2. General
  3. Levels
  4. Oscillation, vibration, and shock
  5. Transmission and propagation
  6. Transducers and linear systems
  7. Acoustical apparatus and instruments
  8. Underwater acoustics
  9. Sonics and ultrasonic testing
  10. Architectural acoustics
  11. Physiological and psychological acoustics
  12. Musical acoustics


  1. ^ "AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARD Acoustical Terminology" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  2. ^ Ainslie, M. A. A Century of Sonar: Planetary Oceanography, Underwater Noise Monitoring, and the Terminology of Underwater Sound. Acoustics Today (February, 2015)