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[foh-nog-ruh-fee] /foʊˈnɒg rə fi/
noun, plural phonographies for 2.
phonetic spelling, writing, or shorthand.
a system of phonetic shorthand, as that invented by Sir Isaac Pitman in 1837.
Origin of phonography
First recorded in 1695-1705; phono- + -graphy
Related forms
phonographer, phonographist, noun Unabridged
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  • With what bright anticipations we took up the study of phonography last October!

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  • In typewriting our progress has been as encouraging as in phonography.

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  • You, on the other hand, must keep in mind the fact that you have not learned all there is to be learned about phonography.

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  • "A wrong air to be righted in this here camp," said phonography, virtuously.

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  • And then I found phonography a mystery indeed, and too great a mystery for me, since I could not attain to it.

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  • For this phonography really amounts to a study of the cheapest way of spelling words.

  • It is really a system of phonography to be used with the typewriter whenever it is practicable to employ that instrument.

  • From the time of the commencement of the class, we have been climbing, climbing, up the steep and rugged paths of phonography.

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  • Like the written and printed alphabet of Europe, the alphabet of phonography was made phonetic.

British Dictionary definitions for phonography


a writing system that represents sounds by individual symbols Compare logography
the employment of such a writing system
Derived Forms
phonographer, phonographist, noun
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