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fəˈnɛt ɪk, foʊ-pho·net·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. phonetic, phonicadjective

    of or relating to speech sounds

    "phonetic transcription"

  2. phoneticadjective

    of or relating to the scientific study of speech sounds

    "phonetic analysis"


  1. phoneticnoun

    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. phoneticadjective

    Relating to the sounds of spoken language.

  3. phoneticadjective

    Relating to phones (as opposed to phonemes)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phoneticadjective

    of or pertaining to the voice, or its use

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

  2. Phoneticadjective

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

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Phonetic

    -al, fō-net′ik, -al, adj. pertaining to, or in accordance with, the sound of the voice: representing elementary sounds: vocal.—adv. Phonet′ically.—n. Phonetic′ian, a student of phonetics.—v.t. Phonet′icise, to make phonetic.—ns. Phonet′icism, phonetic character or representation; Phonet′icist, one who advocates phonetic-spelling.—n.sing. Phonet′ics, the science of sounds, esp. of the human voice.—ns. Phonet′ic-spell′ing, spelling according to sound: the spelling of words as they are pronounced; Phonetisā′tion, art of representing sound by phonetic signs.—v.t. Phō′netise, to represent phonetically.—ns. Phō′netism, sound, pronunciation; Phō′netist, a student of phonetics.—adj. Phon′ic, pertaining to sound.—n.sing. Phon′ics, acoustics.—adj. Phonocamp′tic, reflecting or deflecting sound.—n. Phō′nolite, clinkstone. [Gr. phōnetikosphōnē, a sound.]


  1. Phonetic

    sound producing; applied to stridulating structures.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phonetic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phonetic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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