phonetic

phonetically, adv.
/feuh net"ik, foh-/, adj.
1. Also, phonetical. of or pertaining to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols.
2. corresponding to pronunciation: phonetic transcription.
3. agreeing with pronunciation: phonetic spelling.
4. concerning or involving the discrimination of nondistinctive elements of a language. In English, certain phonological features, as length and aspiration, are phonetic but not phonemic.
n.
5. (in Chinese writing) a written element that represents a sound and is used in combination with a radical to form a character.
[1820-30; < NL phoneticus < Gk phonetikós vocal, equiv. to phonet(ós) to be spoken (verbid of phoneîn to speak) + -ikos -IC]

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  • Phonetic — Pho*net ic, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? a sound, tone; akin to Gr. ? to speak: cf. F. phon[ e]tique. See {Ban} a proclamation.] 1. Of or pertaining to the voice, or its use. [1913 Webster] 2. Representing sounds; as, phonetic characters; opposed to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • phonetic — [fō net′ik, fənet′ik] adj. [ModL phoneticus < Gr phōnētikos < phōnētos, to be spoken < phōnein, to speak < phōnē, a sound: see PHONO ] 1. of speech sounds or the production or transcription of these 2. of phonetics 3. conforming to… …   English World dictionary

  • phonetic — (adj.) representing vocal sounds, 1826, from Mod.L. phoneticus (1797), from Gk. phonetikos vocal, from phonetos to be spoken, utterable, verbal adj. of phonein to speak clearly, utter, from phone sound, voice (see FAME (Cf. fame) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • phonetic — ► ADJECTIVE Phonetics 1) of or relating to speech sounds. 2) (of a system of writing) having a direct correspondence between symbols and sounds. DERIVATIVES phonetically adverb. ORIGIN Greek ph n tikos, from ph nein speak …   English terms dictionary

  • phonetic — pho•net•ic [[t]fəˈnɛt ɪk, foʊ [/t]] adj. 1) ling. phn of or pertaining to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols 2) ling. phn representing speech sounds: phonetic transcription[/ex] 3) ling. phn agreeing with… …   From formal English to slang

  • phonetic — pho|net|ic [fəˈnetık] adj technical [Date: 1800 1900; : Modern Latin; Origin: phoneticus, from Greek, from phone; PHON ] 1.) relating to the sounds of human speech 2.) using special signs, often different from ordinary letters, to represent the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • phonetic — pho|net|ic [ fə netık ] adjective LINGUISTICS 1. ) relating to the sounds used in speech a ) using special symbols as a way of showing speech sounds in writing: the phonetic alphabet phonetic representations 2. ) relating to the science of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • phonetic — adjective technical 1 related to the sounds of human speech 2 using special signs, often different from ordinary letters, to represent the sounds of speech: a phonetic alphabet | phonetic symbols …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • phonetic — UK [fəˈnetɪk] / US adjective linguistics 1) a) relating to the sounds used in speech b) using special symbols as a way of showing speech sounds in writing the phonetic alphabet phonetic representations 2) relating to the science of phonetics… …   English dictionary

  • phonetic — adj. Phonetic is used with these nouns: ↑alphabet, ↑script, ↑spelling, ↑symbol …   Collocations dictionary

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