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phone

2
[fohn]
noun Phonetics.
  1. a speech sound: There are three phonetically different “t” phones in an utterance of “titillate,” and two in an utterance of “tattletale.”
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Compare allophone, phoneme.

Origin of phone

2
First recorded in 1865–70, phone is from the Greek word phōnḗ voice
Related formspho·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for phonal

phone

1
noun, verb
  1. short for telephone
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phone

2
noun
  1. phonetics a single uncomplicated speech sound
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Word Origin for phone

C19: from Greek phōnē sound, voice
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Word Origin and History for phonal

phone

n.1

1884, shortening of telephone (n.). Phone book first recorded 1925; phone booth 1927; phone bill 1901.

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phone

v.

1884, from phone (n.). Related: Phoned; phoning.

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phone

n.2

"elementary sound of a spoken language," 1866, from Greek phone (see fame (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

phonal in Medicine

phonal

(fōnəl)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or being sound.
  2. Of, relating to, or characterizing the voice.
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