Definitions for Phonefoʊn
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Phone
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
phonefoʊn(n.; v.t.; v.i.)phoned, phon•ing.
Category: Telegraphy and Telephony
Origin of phone:
a single speech sound.
Ref: Compare allophone, phoneme .
Origin of phone:
1865–70; < Gk phōnḗ voice
a combining form meaning “speech sound” (homophone), “speaker” (of the language specified) (Francophone), “an instrument of sound transmission or reproduction” (telephone), “a musical instrument” (saxophone; xylophone).
Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix
Origin of -phone:
telephone, phone, telephone set(noun)
electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds
"I talked to him on the telephone"
phone, speech sound, sound(noun)
(phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
earphone, earpiece, headphone, phone(noun)
electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear
"it was not the typing but the earphones that she disliked"
call, telephone, call up, phone, ring(verb)
get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
"I tried to call you all night"; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
The phone was ringing.; Could you answer the phone?; Just a minute, I'm on the phone.; Order on the web or by phone.
to call sb using a telephone
I'll phone him tomorrow.
A speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties, considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language.
Origin: Shortening of telephone.
In phonetics and linguistics a phone is a unit of speech sound. The word phone may refer to any speech sound or gesture considered a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language. In contrast, a phoneme is a set of phones or a set of sound features that are thought of as the same element within the phonology of a particular language. A phone is a speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties, and serves as the basic unit of phonetic speech analysis. A phonetic transcription is enclosed within square brackets, rather than the slashes of a phonemic transcription.
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
Colloquial abbreviation for telephone.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Phone' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1907
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Phone' in Written Corpus Frequency: #595
Rank popularity for the word 'Phone' in Nouns Frequency: #662
Rank popularity for the word 'Phone' in Verbs Frequency: #559
Translations for Phone
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
We were talking on the phone.
- telefonePortuguese (BR)
- das TelefonGerman
- تيلفون، اّواز، تيلفون كولPashto
- 電話機Chinese (Trad.)
- điện thoạiVietnamese
- 电话机Chinese (Simp.)
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