phone1 / fōn/ •
n. short for telephone. ∎ (phones) inf. headphones or earphones.•
v. short for telephone.PHRASES: phone it in work or perform in a desultory fashion. phone2 •
n. Phonet. a speech sound; the smallest discrete segment of sound in a stream of speech.
PHONE, Also speech sound.
, an elementary spoken sound, the smallest segment of speech recognized by a listener as a complete vowel or consonant. Because all speakers sound slightly different, and any one speaker produces vowels and consonants differently on different occasions, the number of phones in a language is indefinitely large. They are grouped into a small number of PHONEMES
or units of distinctive sound.
(philol.) element of spoken language. XIX. — Gr. phōnḗ
sound (see PHONETIC