al·​pha·​bet·​ic | \ ˌal-fə-ˈbe-tik How to pronounce alphabetic (audio) \
variants: or alphabetical \ ˌal-​fə-​ˈbe-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce alphabetic (audio) \

Definition of alphabetic

1 usually alphabetical : arranged in the order of the letters of the alphabet
2 : of, relating to, or employing an alphabet

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Other Words from alphabetic

alphabetically \ ˌal-​fə-​ˈbe-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce alphabetic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of alphabetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first introduction of the Greek lettering system fascinated many in 2005, which had never been used since the international, rotating alphabetic name system began in 1953. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Hurricane Facts: With Greek letters going away, how long were they around?," 29 Mar. 2021 Some seem to follow an alphabetic theme—Zocavia, Zocania, Zonkim—while others are pure etymological puzzles: Biacolum, Qansi, NYZNIA. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "The Rise of Made-in-China Diplomacy," 8 Mar. 2021 Our vocal tract, with its singular configuration of tubes, evolved to expel an alphabetic array of speech sounds at an astonishing rate. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why This Pandemic Won’t Be the Last," 5 Mar. 2021 This season is only the second time that all alphabetic names have been used up—the last time was in 2005. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Out of Names, National Hurricane Center Calls New Storms by Greek Letters," 18 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately for the Renaissance linguist, between the fifth and first centuries B.C. hieroglyphs were superseded by Persian, Greek and Latin, the alphabetic languages of Egypt’s successive foreign occupants. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘The Riddle of the Rosetta’ Review: Found in Translation," 17 Sep. 2020 For some deaf-blind patients, tracing alphabetic letters on palms with a finger may be an option. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus poses added challenges for deaf and hard of hearing hospital patients," 16 Apr. 2020 Elementary readers can follow along with the text of stories at Storynory and practice skills from alphabetic awareness to reading fluency at Raz-Kids, which provides evidence-based structured literacy resources. Katharine Hill, New York Times, "How to Home School During Coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 The International Astronomical Union has an alphabetic list of existing names, as well as a searchable database. Marcia Dunn, The Know, "Scientists just discovered 20 new moons around Saturn and they want your help naming them," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of alphabetic

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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8 Apr 2021

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“Alphabetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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