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Definition of or relating to speech sounds

The form phonetics may reference the scientific study of speech sounds.
  • Can you write the phonetic spelling of his name?
phonetic = speech sound

(In this case, referring to a spelling that uses a character or code for each sound in a language. For example the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), represents both "ue" in blue and "oo" in food as "u".)
  • phonetic transcription
  • phonetic analysis
  • "Will ye-oo py me f'them?"
    [Here, with apologies, this desperate attempt to represent her dialect without a phonetic alphabet must be abandoned as unintelligible outside London.]
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • phonetic = speech sound
  • He spelled out Cacciato's name phonetically, repeated it, his voice calm.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • These names don't have much in common, phonetically or aesthetically, with the low-education names.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • That involves typing in a phonetic version of each Chinese word and having it converted to the Chinese character, a very laborious process.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The paper was thin, covered in scrawled runes, but Magnus had taped a printout of the words, spelled out phonetically, over the incantation itself.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Phonetic spelling had again misled me.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I still have the piece of paper where I wrote down, phonetically, how to say it.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Underneath the symbol, I recognized a row of phonetic hieroglyphs: "Z—I—A," I read.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • "No two persons," says a leading contemporary authority upon English phonetics,[71] "pronounce exactly alike."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Ginnarr inscribed this word on a slip of parchment, taking care to write the phonetics so Max would not mispronounce the Old Norse.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Unlike Tibetan, to which it is closely related, Sherpa is not a written language, so Westerners are forced to resort to phonetic renderings.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Here is the phonetic pronunciation.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He looked around in the store for the cheapest dictionary that contained the phonetic alphabet.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Rather, our characters are phonetic in nature.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • I'll say them phonetically.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • "Phonetics," said Lisa.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • I had made the first total emotional commitment of my life when I read how the phonetic experts had given these tongueless people a language, newspapers, institutions.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy

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