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phon

[fon] /fɒn/
noun
1.
a unit for measuring the apparent loudness of a sound, equal in number for a given sound to the intensity in decibels of a sound having a frequency of 1000 cycles per second when, in the judgment of a group of listeners, the two sounds are of equal loudness.
Origin of phon
1930-1935
First recorded in 1930-35, phon is from the Greek word phōnḗ voice

phon.

1.

phon-

1.
variant of phono- before a vowel:
phonic.
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  • Only phon, lost in thought which white men cannot fathom, and the pack animals full of sweet young grass, seemed content.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • They say you go gamble, Chance he go gamble, phon he go gamble too.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • Steve Chance and phon had made nearly four miles and begun to pitch camp whilst he was getting that map.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • All right, phon, I'll not leave you behind, even if I have to pack you on my own shoulders.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • But the sight of the gold put new life into Chance and filled phon's veins with fever.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • Steve might threaten what he liked, but jump phon would not.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • The moment he laid down his head phon had gone to sleep, and since then not a muscle had twitched to show that he was alive.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • phon gave a grunt of contempt at his white companion's want of intelligence.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • phon, to his mind, was a much better stamp of gold-seeker than his volatile Yankee friend.

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
  • Debbil come to me last night; debbil say, 'phon, you go gamble, you win one hundred dollars.'

    Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! Clive Phillipps-Wolley
British Dictionary definitions for phon

phon

/fɒn/
noun
1.
a unit of loudness that measures the intensity of a sound by the number of decibels it is above a reference tone having a frequency of 1000 hertz and a root-mean-square sound pressure of 20 × 10–6 pascal
Word Origin
C20: via German from Greek phōnē sound, voice

phon.

abbreviation
1.
Also phonet. phonetics
2.
phonology
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phon in Medicine

phon- pref.
Variant of phono-.

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phon in Science
phon
  (fŏn)   
A unit of apparent loudness. The loudness of a signal in phons is equal to the intensity in decibels of a 1,000-hertz tone judged to be as loud as the signal being measured.
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