phon-, phono-, -phone, -phonia, -phonic, -phonetic, -phonous, -phonically, -phonetically, -phony +
This phono-, phon- should not be confused with another phono-, phon- that means "slaughter, murder, homicide". In Greek, a distinction is made between the phonos (PHOH nohs), "murder", which is spelled with the Greek letter omicron in the last syllable; and the Greek phonos (phoh NOHS), "voice", which is spelled with the letter omega in the last syllable. Both omicron and omega became the letter "o" in English.
1. A large kind of musical box, driven by clockwork or by hand, and capable of playing any tune when the corresponding perforated disk is inserted.
2. A written character having more than one phonetic value; a letter or other symbol which stands for different sounds.
Composed or arranged for several voices or parts, each having a melody of its own; consisting of a number of melodies combined; contrapuntal; of or pertaining to polyphonic music.
1. Having or making many sounds.
2. In phonetics, representing more than one sound, as the letter c (cf. cat and cereal)
1. The simultaneous combination of a number of parts, each forming an individual melody, and harmonizing with each other; the style of composition in which the parts are so combined; polyphonic composition; counterpoint.
2. The symbolization of different vocal sounds by the same letter or character; the fact or quality of being polyphonic.
3. In music, the combination of two or more independent melodies in harmony.
A speech disorder of psychogenic origin.
The failure in a man to develop a normal deep voice.
A musical instrument in which the tones are produced by flames of hydrogen, or illuminating gas, burning in tubes of different sizes and lengths.
quadraphonic, quadriphonic, quadraphonics
Using a four-channel system to record and reproduce sound. The four separate signals may be fed to individual loudspeakers placed in the corners of a room.
quadriphonic, quadriphonics, quadrophonic
All of these are variations in form of quadraphonic, et al.
1. An instrument for the production of sound by intermittent radiant energy, such as light or heat; the photophone and thermophone are special forms.
2. Radiophone may also be a radio-telephone.
Pertaining to or designating synthetic sound produced by electronic means and the use of tape recorders, usually for use in broadcasting in conjunction with conventional material.
Telephony in which the signal is transmitted by radio over part of the route; wireless telephony.
1. A nasal tone in the speaking voice.
2. A nasal twang or quality of voice.
3. Altered speech due to some abnormality of nasal structures; rhinolalia.
A brass instrument of the oboe class, played with a double reed.
A metal wind instrument with keys and a reed that comes in several sizes and registers, the alto and tenor saxophones being the most popular. It is particularly associated with jazz. Named for the Belgian instrument makers Charles Joseph Sax (1791-1865), who invented these instruments, and his son Antoine Joseph Sax (1814-94) (known as Adolphe, who improved them.