phonic

adjective
pho·nic | \ˈfä-nik also ˈfō- \

Definition of phonic 

1 : of, relating to, or producing sound : acoustic

2a : of or relating to the sounds of speech

b : of or relating to phonics

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Other Words from phonic

phonically \ˈfä-ni-k(ə-)lē also ˈfō- \ adverb

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The video, diving into the phonic craze, represented a rarity for the Trump White House, a jokey parody perhaps targeted at social media that did not delve deeply into anything overtly political. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Kellyanne Conway hears ‘Laurel’ but says she’s willing to tell others ‘Yanny’ in White House video," 17 May 2018 Tics can also be phonic such as grunting, throat-clearing or sniffing. Kate Murphy, New York Times, "Are You a Hair-Twirler, Nail-Biter or Knuckle-Cracker?," 14 Sep. 2017 Jeremiah Lockwood Friday, February 2, 7:00pm & 8:30pm, Joe Henderson Lab Lockwood mixes blues and multi-phonic African singing with the cantorial tradition of his Jewish heritage. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "SFJAZZ releases blockbuster 2017-18 season lineup," 15 June 2017 The clicks, produced in organs known as phonic lips at rates of up to 1,000 clicks per second, are inaudible to the human ear, but detectable through special, underwater microphones. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Whales Can Really Rock With Their Mellow Songs NOV. 4, 2016," 9 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of phonic

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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phonic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of phonic

linguistics : of or relating to speech sounds or phonics

phonic

adjective
pho·nic | \ˈfän-ik, except 2b also ˈfō-nik\

Medical Definition of phonic 

1 : of, relating to, or producing sound

2a : of or relating to the sounds of speech

b : of or relating to phonics

Other Words from phonic

phonically \-(ə-)lē \ adverb

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