Di`a*cous"tics(?), n. [Cf. F. diacoustique.] That branch of natural philosophy which treats of the properties of sound as affected by passing through different mediums; -- called also diaphonics. See the Note under Acoustics.
Di`a*crit"ic*al(?), } a. [Gr. , fr. to separate, distinguish; dia` through + to separate. See Critic.] That separates or distinguishes; -- applied to points or marks used to distinguish letters of similar form, or different sounds of the same letter, as, , , , , , etc. "Diacritical points." Sir W. Jones.
A glance at this typography will reveal great difficulties, which diacritical marks necessarily throw in the way of both printer and writer.A. J. Ellis.
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