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Phone vs. Phoneme

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Phonenoun

A device for transmitting conversations and other sounds in real time across distances, now often a small portable unit also capable of running software etc.

Phonemenoun

An indivisible unit of sound in a given language. A phoneme is an abstraction of the physical speech sounds (phones) and may encompass several different phones.

Phonenoun

(phonetics) 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.

Phonemenoun

(linguistics) one of a small set of speech sounds that are distinguished by the speakers of a particular language

Phoneverb

(transitive) To call (someone) on the telephone.

Phonemenoun

any of the perceptually distinct units of sound in a specified language that distinguish one word from another, for example p, b, d, and t in the English words pad, pat, bad, and bat.

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Phonenoun

Colloq. for Telephone.

Phoneme

In phonology and linguistics, a phoneme is a unit of sound that can distinguish one word from another in a particular language. For example, in most dialects of English, with the notable exception of the West Midlands and the north-west of England, the sound patterns (sin) and (sing) are two separate words that are distinguished by the substitution of one phoneme, /n/, for another phoneme, /ŋ/.

Phonenoun

a speech sound.

Phonenoun

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’;

Phonenoun

(phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language

Phonenoun

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’;

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Phoneverb

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’;

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