Sound insulation

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Any material used to decrease the intensity of unwanted sounds. Sound insulation can be achieved by incorporating dead space and/or insulating materials (backplaster, felt, Foamed plastic, Mineral wool, Cork, and Sawdust, etc.) into the construction design. Total suppression of the transfer of sound from one location to another is called soundproofing.

Synonyms and Related Terms

acoustical insulation (AAT); deafening; deadening; dampening; soundproofing; sound absorption

Resources and Citations

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998