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Phonetic

Pho-net′ic

(fō̍-nĕt′ĭk)
,
Adj.
[Gr.
φωνητικός
, fr.
φωνή
a sound, tone; akin to Gr.
φάναι
to speak: cf. F.
phonétique
. See
Ban
a proclamation.]
1.
Of or pertaining to the voice, or its use.
2.
Representing sounds;
as,
phonetic
characters
; – opposed to
ideographic
;
as, a
phonetic
notation
.
Phonetic spelling
,
spelling in phonetic characters, each representing one sound only; – contrasted with
Romanic spelling
, or that by the use of the Roman alphabet.

Definition 2022


phonetic

phonetic

English

Adjective

phonetic (not comparable)

  1. Relating to the sounds of spoken language.
  2. (linguistics) Relating to phones (as opposed to phonemes)

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Noun

phonetic (plural phonetics)

  1. (linguistics) In such logographic writing systems as the Chinese writing system, the portion of a character (if any) that provides an indication of its pronunciation; contrasted with radical.