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. Pleasing or sweet sound, the acoustic effect produced by words so formed and combined as to please the ear; especially, a harmonious succession of words having a pleasing sound or striking the ear as being appropriate to the meaning; opposed to cacophony.
2. Tendency to greater ease of pronunciation resulting in regularly observed combinative changes that seem to be caused by increased speed of utterance and economy of effort; as an adjective, euphonic.
3. The quality of having a pleasant sound; the pleasing effect of sounds free from harshness; chiefly with reference to combinations of words in sentences, or of phonetic elements in spoken words.
4. In recent philological use often the tendency to greater ease of pronunciation, as shown in those combinatory phonetic changes formerly ascribed to an endeavour after a pleasing acoustic effect.
fall phonometer, fallphonometer
An instrument used in experimental psychology designed to furnish sounds whose intensities are in known ratios by permitting balls to drop from different heights upon plates of metal or slate.
Of, having, or belonging to a French-speaking population, especially in a country where two or more languages are spoken.
1. A seismic device used to detect vibrations in the earth.
2. A device for detecting sound waves underground.
3. A seismic transducer that responds to motions of the ground at locations on or below the surface of the earth.
4. A trademark referring to an instrument designed to detect vibrations passing through rocks, soil, or ice.
An instrument for the reproduction of recorded sound, similar in principle to the phonograph but using, instead of a drum, a flat disc containing a spiral groove; a stylus is allowed to rest in the groove as the disc is rotated on a turntable, and the vibrations communicated to the stylus by the iregularities in the groove are transformed into sound vibrations.
In the U.S., phonograph is the generic name for such an instrument.
1. A trademark name used for a phonograph that uses wax records.
2. The name of one of the instruments for recording and reproducing sound.
A form of dysphonia characterized by a throaty quality of the voice sounds.
Pertaining to a male with a feminine voice.
1. In psychology, a delusion in which an individual hears voices or other noises emanating from a part of his or her body, usually as the result of a physical sensation or touch.
2. The hearing of noises or voices in response to tactile or haptic stimulation.
Able to speak only at night.
1. The change of voice at puberty.
2. Any abnormality in the voice sounds.
Simultaneous performance by two or more singers or instrumentalists of different versions of the same melody.
A singing or sounding of the same melody by two or more voices or instruments usually with some modifications (as in rhythm or ornamentation) by one or both of the performers.
1. One of two or more words pronounced alike ("sound-alikes") but different in meaning or derivation and spelling (as all and awl; to, too, and two; rite, write, right, and wright; as well as, cite, sight, and site); also called a homonym.
2. A character or group of characters pronounced the same as another character or group.
1. In linguistics, sharing the same sound.
2. In music, relating to parts of music in which they move together in simple harmonization.