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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The practice of transcribing speech sounds by means of phonetic symbols.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A method of phonetic printing of the English language, in which nearly all the ordinary letters and many new forms are employed in order to indicate each elementary sound by a separate character.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A method of phonetic printing of the English language, as devised by Mr. Pitman, in which nearly all the ordinary letters and many new forms are employed in order to indicate each elementary sound by a separate character.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A method of representing each of the sounds of speech by a distinct printed character or letter; phonetic printing.

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