What does phonetic mean?

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.]

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. 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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