phonetics

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noun, plural in form but singular in construction pho·net·ics \ fə-ˈne-tiks \

Definition of phonetics

1 :the system of speech sounds of a language or group of languages
2 a :the study and systematic classification of the sounds made in spoken utterance
b :the practical application of this science to language study

First Known Use of phonetics

1836


PHONETICS Defined for English Language Learners

phonetics

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Definition of phonetics for English Language Learners

  • linguistics : the study of speech sounds


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phonetics

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noun plural but singular in construction pho·net·ics \ fə-ˈnet-iks \

medical Definition of phonetics

1 a :the study and systematic classification of the sounds made in spoken utterance
b :the practical application of this science to language study
2 :the system of speech sounds of a language or group of languages


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