phone

Primary Meanings of phone

1.
nv
electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear
get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
2.
n
(phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
Full Definitions of phone
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n electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear

Synonyms:
earphone, earpiece, headphone
Types:
earplug
an earphone that is inserted into the ear canal
receiver, telephone receiver
earphone that converts electrical signals into sounds
headset
receiver consisting of a pair of headphones
Type of:
electro-acoustic transducer
a transducer that converts electrical to acoustic energy or vice versa

n electronic equipment that converts sound into electrical signals that can be transmitted over distances and then converts received signals back into sounds

Synonyms:
telephone, telephone set
Types:
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desk phone
a telephone set that sits on a desk or table
dial phone, dial telephone
a telephone with a dial for registering the number to be called
extension, extension phone, telephone extension
an additional telephone set that is connected to the same telephone line
French telephone, handset
telephone set with the mouthpiece and earpiece mounted on a single handle
pay-phone, pay-station
a coin-operated telephone
radiophone, radiotelephone, wireless telephone
a telephone that communicates by radio waves rather than along cables
speakerphone
a telephone with a microphone and loudspeaker; can be used without picking up a handset; several people can participate in a call at the same time
cell, cellphone, cellular phone, cellular telephone, mobile phone
a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
Type of:
electronic equipment
equipment that involves the controlled conduction of electrons (especially in a gas or vacuum or semiconductor)

v get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

Synonyms:
call, call up, ring, telephone
call
send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message
Types:
cell phone
call up by using a cellular phone
call in
make a phone call
Type of:
telecommunicate
communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
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n (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language

Synonyms:
sound, speech sound
Types:
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phoneme
(linguistics) one of a small set of speech sounds that are distinguished by the speakers of a particular language
vowel, vowel sound
a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
glide, semivowel
a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant
consonant
a speech sound that is not a vowel
orinasal, orinasal phone
a speech sound produced with both the oral and nasal passages open (as French nasal vowels)
sonant, voiced sound
a speech sound accompanied by sound from the vocal cords
allophone
(linguistics) any of various acoustically different forms of the same phoneme
ablaut
a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)
diphthong
a vowel sound that starts near the articulatory position for one vowel and moves toward the position for another
schwa, shwa
a neutral middle vowel; occurs in unstressed syllables
stem vowel, thematic vowel
a vowel that ends a stem and precedes an inflection
palatal
a semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word `yeast')
alveolar, alveolar consonant, dental, dental consonant
a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
obstruent
a consonant that is produced with a partial or complete blockage of the airflow from the lungs through the nose or mouth
aspirate
a consonant pronounced with aspiration
labial, labial consonant
a consonant whose articulation involves movement of the lips
labiodental, labiodental consonant
a consonant whose articulation involves the lips and teeth
nasal, nasal consonant
a consonant produced through the nose with the mouth closed
lingual
a consonant that is produced with the tongue and other speech organs
liquid
a frictionless continuant that is not a nasal consonant (especially `l' and `r')
geminate
a doubled or long consonant
surd, voiceless consonant
a consonant produced without sound from the vocal cords
velar, velar consonant
a consonant produced with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate
guttural, guttural consonant, pharyngeal, pharyngeal consonant
a consonant articulated in the back of the mouth or throat
Type of:
language unit, linguistic unit
one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed

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