phonic

adjective
pho·​nic | \ ˈfä-nik How to pronounce phonic (audio) also ˈfō- How to pronounce phonic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce phonic (audio) also  ˈfō-​ \ adverb

Examples of phonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web French, which has a much more restricted phonic range than English, generates puns naturally—whole sentences can be turned into homonymic equivalents with very different meanings. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, 10 Jan. 2019 An orca hears with its face and talks with its head: Plunging below 100 feet, K35 used phonic lips on either side of his blowhole as deftly as a horn player. The Seattle Times, 19 May 2019 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, 17 May 2018 Tics can also be phonic such as grunting, throat-clearing or sniffing. Kate Murphy, New York Times, 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, 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, 9 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of phonic

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phonic

borrowed from New Latin phōnicus (in centrum phōnicum "place where the speaker stands when an echo is produced" and parallel terms), from Greek phōnḗ "sound made by something living, voice, speech" + New Latin -icus -ic entry 1

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“Phonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phonic. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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phonic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of phonic

: 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 How to pronounce phonic (audio) \ adverb

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