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Dictionary Definition



1 electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds; "I talked to him on the telephone" [syn: telephone, telephone set]
2 (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language [syn: speech sound, sound]
3 electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear; "it was not the typing but the earphones that she disliked" [syn: earphone, earpiece, headphone] v : get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone; "I tried to call you all night"; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning" [syn: call, telephone, call up, ring]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

Shortening of telephone.


  • /ˈfoʊn/
  • /"foUn/
  • Rhymes: -əʊn


  1. A device for transmitting sound in real time across distances.
A device for transmitting sound (telephone)


  1. To call (someone) on the telephone.

Related terms

Etymology 2


  1. A speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties, considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language.
speech segment

Extensive Definition

Phone is a common term for telephone.
Within phonetics, a phone is:
  • a speech sound or gesture considered a physical event without regard to its place in the phonology of a language
  • a speech segment that possesses distinct physical or perceptual properties
  • the basic unit revealed via phonetic speech analysis
Phonetic symbology is always set off within [square] brackets.

See also

phone in Breton: Fonenn
phone in Czech: Hláska
phone in Danish: Sproglyd
phone in German: Phon (Linguistik)
phone in Estonian: Häälik
phone in Modern Greek (1453-): Φώνος
phone in Spanish: Fono
phone in French: Phone (linguistique)
phone in Croatian: Glas
phone in Italian: Fono
phone in Hungarian: Beszédhang
phone in Japanese: 単音
phone in Norwegian Nynorsk: Fon
phone in Polish: Głoska
phone in Portuguese: Fone
phone in Quechua: Kunkalla
phone in Slovak: Hláska
phone in Finnish: Äänne
phone in Swedish: Fon (lingvistik)
phone in Chinese: 語音

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

allophone, alveolar, amplitude, apico-alveolar, apico-dental, articulation, aspiration, assimilation, auditory effect, auditory phenomenon, bilabial, buzz, cacuminal, call, call box, call up, cerebral, check, coin telephone, consonant, continuant, dental, desk telephone, dial, dial telephone, diphthong, dissimilation, earphone, epenthetic vowel, explosive, extension, give a ring, glide, glottal, glottalization, guttural, hang up, headphone, hold the phone, hydrophone, idiophone, labial, labialization, labiodental, labiovelar, laryngeal, lateral, lingual, liquid, listen in, loudness, make a call, manner of articulation, microphone, modification, monophthong, morphophoneme, mouthpiece, mute, nasal, noise, occlusive, optophone, palatal, parasitic vowel, pay station, peak, pharyngeal, pharyngealization, phoneme, plosive, prothetic vowel, public telephone, push-button telephone, radiophone, radiotelephone, receiver, retroflex, ring, ring off, ring up, segmental phoneme, semivowel, sonance, sonant, sonority, sound, sound intensity level, sound propagation, sound wave, speech sound, stop, surd, syllabic nucleus, syllabic peak, syllable, telephone, telephone booth, telephone engineering, telephone extension, telephone mechanics, telephone receiver, telephonics, telephony, transition sound, transmitter, triphthong, ultrasound, velar, vocable, vocalic, vocoid, voice, voiced sound, voiceless sound, voicing, vowel, wall telephone
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