visible speech

noun

1
: a set of phonetic symbols based on symbols for articulatory position
2
: speech reproduced spectrographically

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, babies cannot access visible speech cues if others are wearing masks. David J. Lewkowicz, Scientific American, 11 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of visible speech was in 1865

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“Visible speech.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visible%20speech. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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