Also pho·net·i·cal [fuh-net-i-kuhl]. /fəˈnɛt ɪ kəl/. of or relating to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols.
corresponding to pronunciation: phonetic transcription.
agreeing with pronunciation: phonetic spelling.
concerning or involving the discrimination of nondistinctive elements of a language. In English, certain phonological features, as length and aspiration, are phonetic but not phonemic.
(in Chinese writing) a written element that represents a sound and is used in combination with a radical to form a character.
- pho·net·i·cal·ly, adverb
- non·pho·net·ic, adjective
- non·pho·net·i·cal, adjective
- un·pho·net·ic, adjective
- un·pho·net·i·cal, adjective
- fanatic, phonetic
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How to use phonetic in a sentence
The company’s name is a play on the phonetics of 1, 2, 3 in Spanish.1Doc3, a Colombian telemedicine startup, raises $3 million | Marcella McCarthy | April 16, 2021 | TechCrunch
That is, though she sometimes begins either with an ancient ideographic character or even with the modern phonetic characters to set the mood or theme of her work, she then allows hand and imagination free play.Toko Shinoda, Japanese artist who merged the age-old and the avant-garde, dies at 107 | Emily Langer | March 4, 2021 | Washington Post
phonetic, made-up lyrics are another venerable tradition of folk music, and “pa-rum-pa-pa-pum” is iconic of the genre.
Instead of printing, they take the direct photography of events and the phonetic impression of words.Urania | Camille Flammarion
There is only a phonetic distinction between the Spanish and the Portuguese idea.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
These tones help to distinguish words which have the same phonetic sound but different meanings.Chinese Poems | Various
If phonetic spelling is commenced with the alphabet, he will be accurately trained in that art also.Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions | George S. Boutwell
There are many phonetic alphabets; all else being equal, the one most widely used is clearly the most valuable.The Sounds of Spoken English | Walter Rippmann
British Dictionary definitions for phonetic
of or relating to phonetics
denoting any perceptible distinction between one speech sound and another, irrespective of whether the sounds are phonemes or allophones: Compare phonemic (def. 2)
conforming to pronunciation: phonetic spelling
- phonetically, adverb
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