noun (used with a singular verb)
- phonetic alphabet,
- phonetic law,
Origin of phonetics
Origin of phonetic
Examples from the Web for phonetics
It was a small step in learning to stick to my guns, but a leap in my comprehension of phonetics.
Almost all French speakers have to do a serious amount of self-study to become conversant, especially when it comes to phonetics.
The operator had taken it literally, and it was a small study in phonetics.The Helpers|Francis Lynde
(a) Phonetics, which teaches us to recognize and to reproduce sounds and tones.The Principles of Language-Study|Harold E. Palmer
He was a retired professor of phonetics and diction, but now and then prepared a pupil.Villa Elsa|Stuart Henry
The latter, in phonetics and in many root-words, betrays a relationship to the Qquichua, but a remote one.American Hero-Myths|Daniel G. Brinton
If phonetics had never done anything worse than this they would not be as loathsome to literature as they sometimes are.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2|George Saintsbury
Word Origin for phonetic
"representing vocal sounds," 1803, from Modern Latin phoneticus (1797), from Greek phonetikos "vocal," from phonetos "to be spoken, utterable," verbal adjective of phonein "to speak clearly, utter," from phone "sound, voice" (see fame (n.)).