Definitions for phoneticfəˈnɛt ɪk, foʊ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. phonetic, phonic(adj)

    of or relating to speech sounds

    "phonetic transcription"

  2. phonetic(adj)

    of or relating to the scientific study of speech sounds

    "phonetic analysis"


  1. phonetic(Noun)

    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.

  2. phonetic(Adjective)

    Relating to the sounds of spoken language.

  3. phonetic(Adjective)

    Relating to phones (as opposed to phonemes)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phonetic(adj)

    of or pertaining to the voice, or its use

  2. Phonetic(adj)

    representing sounds; as, phonetic characters; -- opposed to ideographic; as, a phonetic notation

  3. Origin: [Gr. fwnhtiko`s, fr. fwnh` a sound, tone; akin to Gr. fa`nai to speak: cf. F. phontique. See Ban a proclamation.]

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