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Of, relating to, or having the nature of sound, especially speech sounds.

phon′i·cal·ly adv.
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(ˈfɒn ɪk, ˈfoʊ nɪk)

1. of or pertaining to speech sounds.
2. of or pertaining to phonics.
[1815–25; < Greek phōn(ḗ) sound, voice + -ic]
phon′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.phonic - pertaining to the phonic method of teaching reading
2.phonic - relating to speech
3.phonic - of or relating to speech sounds; "phonetic transcription"
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[ˈfɒnɪk] ADJfónico
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Yet this devotional interpretation is complicated by the negativity of some lexemes and tropes, such as the adverb "scarcely" (which deprives the holy communion of concrete nutritious powers), the image of crucifixion involving the speaker and the reader alike ("We are so grafted on His wood"), and the cannibalistic (or, rather, self-cannibalistic) implications of the consubstantive "our Savior's and our blood." Particularly disquieting is the juxtaposition of the victim's and the drinker's blood at line 32, which, figuratively and phonically connected with the anomalous "food" (1.
In the presence of dangerous bystanders, Bugis immigrants must phonically minimize, mask or flatten certain features of their speech so that the signs that they exhibit are not sonically registered as "too Bugis" and thus indicative of "illegal" presences.(29) In this crucial sense, signs of illegality are detected with reference to intensity gradients.
Yet the emphasis of the entire poem is on the persistence of the Apollonian gaze ("Schauen"), displaced from the missing eyes to the curve of the breast, the soft turn of the loins ("leise Drehen / der Lenden"), and the "smile" of missing organs of generation, its absent presence asserted phonically through a chain of linked initial sibilants ("Stein," "Schultern," "Sturz," "Stern").
He said: "I spy with my little eye something beginning with 'y'"( said phonically).
Wollip is the phonically correct spelling of wallop.
The fact that it does not represent a problem for the interviewed Romanian town dwellers can be accounted for by several causes: the fact that they are confronted with problems considered even bigger and more serious than noise or the fact that during the last years urban homes have been phonically insulated (especially by using insulated glazing).
This picture certainly does not argue for the phonic equivalence of all possible /u:/ and /o:/ spellings in the Chester Shepherds play; rather it indicates that in Huntington MS 2, the graphemes <u, ow, ou, oo, o> represented sounds that were phonically close enough to sustain rhyme schemes, could have been grouped together by the ear, and may even have in certain contexts been allophonic in the Cheshire dialect.
The persistent "lull" of the "waves" is replicated syntactically by the repeating Again, which phonically resonates with the undulating "Aegean," the "native sea" that no longer belongs to its "natives." The "frown" announces the sad truth that the "smile" of these natural beauties (both sun and sea) represents an elusive freedom that "sinks" and cannot be made "thine," much like the pleasures that cannot yet be guaranteed by the contested "isle" with which it rhymes twice (Corsair, 3:1, 18, 7-8).
4) function phonically as the words with the apostrophe in vv.