What does the word phonetic mean?

Usage examples for phonetic

  1. Phonetic articulations were ultimately resolved into twenty- two sounds, to each of which a special sign was attached, which collectively took the place of the hundreds or thousands of signs formerly required. – History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 6 (of 12) by G. Maspero
  2. There is only a phonetic distinction between the Spanish and the Portuguese idea. – Spanish Life in Town and Country by L. Higgin and Eugène E. Street
  3. The national phonetic script is made up of sixty distinct characters that answer to our twenty- four. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs