What does the word alphabetic mean?

Usage examples for alphabetic

  1. The origin of these useful characters with the Indians and Arabians is attributed to their great skill in the arts of astronomy and of arithmetic, which required more convenient characters than alphabetic letters for the expressing of numbers. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  2. At the same time we find that for the expression of proper names, which could not be otherwise conveyed, signs having phonetic values were employed; and though it is alleged that the Egyptians never achieved complete alphabetic writing, yet it can scarcely be doubted that these phonetic symbols, occasionally used in aid of their ideographic ones, were the germs of an alphabetic system. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  3. 26. What is an Alphabetic Language? – 1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading by B. A. Hathaway