phonetic alphabet

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phonetic alphabet

n.
1. A standardized set of symbols used in phonetic transcription.
2. Any of various systems of code words for identifying letters in voice communication.

phonetic alphabet

n
(Telecommunications) a list of the words used in communications to represent the letters of the alphabet, as in E for Echo, T for Tango

phonet′ic al′phabet


n.
an alphabet containing a separate character for each distinguishable speech sound.

phonetic alphabet

A list of standard words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone. The following are the authorized words, listed in order, for each letter in the alphabet: ALFA, BRAVO, CHARLIE, DELTA, ECHO, FOXTROT, GOLF, HOTEL, INDIA, JULIETT, KILO, LIMA, MIKE, NOVEMBER, OSCAR, PAPA, QUEBEC, ROMEO, SIERRA, TANGO, UNIFORM, VICTOR, WHISKEY, X-RAY, YANKEE, and ZULU.
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Noun1.phonetic alphabet - an alphabet of characters intended to represent specific sounds of speechphonetic alphabet - an alphabet of characters intended to represent specific sounds of speech
alphabet - a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language
visible speech - a phonetic alphabet invented by Melville Bell in the 19th century
phonetic symbol - a written character used in phonetic transcription of represent a particular speech sound
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TomTom Voice Maps supports five different phonetic alphabets (LH+ Broad, IPA, StarRec Sampa, X-Sampa and Sampa UCL), ensuring compatibility with all the major speech technology suppliers and facilitates customers' use of the product.
The discrete nature of phonetic alphabets such as the Greek alphabet and its derivatives makes copying very accurate.
Appendix 4, for example, contains four phonetic alphabets, used to ensure early, fuzzy radio communications were clear, including ICOAs, used above.