from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A written character or combination of characters having two or more phonetic values, such as the letter a or i in English.
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- n. A letter, or combination of letters, that can be pronounced in two or more different ways
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A character or vocal sign representing more than one sound, as read, which is pronounced rēd or rĕd.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A written sign capable of being read in more than one way, or standing for two or more phonetic signs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a letter that has two or more pronunciations
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This form has been termed the polyphone or horizontal novel.
Hanging on the partition near the polyphone was a board about fifteen inches square, over the surface of which were distributed a number of small hooks, numbered.
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Palestrina entitled one of his famous polyphone masses "Missa Papæ Marcelli" in his honour.
Before I left Budapest we read together the polyphone tattoo by J. K., and I then requested you to make the composer understand that Meyerbeer's far-famed
The Old Dear now put a penny in the slot of the polyphone, and winding it up started it playing.
A large automatic musical instrument -- a 'penny in the slot' polyphone -- resembling a grandfather's clock in shape -- stood against one of the partitions and close up to the counter, so that those behind the bar could reach to wind it up.
While they were pouring this down their throats, Crass took a penny from his waistcoat pocket and put it in the slot of the polyphone.
He had had six and a half pints of beer, and had listened to two selections on the polyphone at a total cost of one penny.
The polyphone continued to play 'The Boys of the Bulldog Breed.'
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