All Words Glossary

Glossary of Phonetics Terms
beginning with letter P
Browse the Phonetics Glossary
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 

palatal Tweet Definition of palatal Like Definition of palatal on Facebook
  1. (phonetics) articulated at the hard palate
  2. (dentistry) Of an upper tooth, on the side facing the palate.
parasitic Tweet Definition of parasitic Like Definition of parasitic on Facebook
  1. Pertaining to a biological or symbolic parasite.
  2. Drawing upon another organism for sustenance.
  3. exploit, Exploiting another for personal gain.
peak Tweet Definition of peak Like Definition of peak on Facebook
  1. A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap.
  2. (geography) The top, or one of the tops, of a hill, mountain, or range, ending in a point; often, the whole hill or mountain, esp. when isolated; as, the Peak of Teneriffe.
  3. (nautical) The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; -- used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards, peak-brails, etc.
  4. (nautical) The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it.
  5. (nautical) The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill.
  6. (math) For sine waves, the point at which the value of y is at its maximum.
verb (peaks, peaking, peaked)
  1. To reach a peak or maximum.
    • Historians argue about when the Roman Empire began to and ultimately decay.
pectoral Tweet Definition of pectoral Like Definition of pectoral on Facebook
  1. (Armor) Protective armor for a horse's breast.
  • 1786: The Poitrinal, Pectoral, or Breast Plate was formed of plates of metal rivetted together, which covered the breast and shoulders of the horse, it was commonly adorned with foliage, or other ornaments engraved or embossed. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 30.
    1. (Armor) A covering or protecting for the breast.
    2. (ecclesiastical) A breastplate, esp. that worn by the Jewish high person.
    3. (ecclesiastical) A clasp or a cross worn on the breast.
    4. A medicine for diseases of the chest organs, especially the lungs.
  1. Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles.
  2. Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs; as, a pectoral remedy.
  3. (zoology) Having the breast conspicuously colored; as, the pectoral sandpiper.
pharyngeal Tweet Definition of pharyngeal Like Definition of pharyngeal on Facebook
  1. Of or pertaining to the pharynx
  2. (phonetics) articulated with the pharynx
phoneme Tweet Definition of phoneme Like Definition of phoneme on Facebook
  1. (linguistics) An indivisible unit of sound in a language.
phonetic alphabet Tweet Definition of phonetic alphabet Like Definition of phonetic alphabet on Facebook
  1. a writing system used for transcribe, transcribing the sounds of human speech into writing.
  2. a list of standard words used to identify letters.
phonetics Tweet Definition of phonetics Like Definition of phonetics on Facebook
  1. (linguistics) the study of speech sounds and their representation by written symbols
phonic Tweet Definition of phonic Like Definition of phonic on Facebook
  1. Of or pertaining to sound; of the nature of sound; acoustic.
phonics Tweet Definition of phonics Like Definition of phonics on Facebook
  1. The study of how the sounds of words are represented by spelling
  2. A method of teaching elementary reading based on the phonetic interpretation of normal spelling
  3. Phonetics
phonology Tweet Definition of phonology Like Definition of phonology on Facebook
noun (phonolog, ies, -)
  1. (linguistics, uncountable) A subfield of linguistics concerned with the way sounds function in languages.
  2. (linguistics, countable) The way sounds function within a given language.
    • 1856, Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia, Mission Press, page 16:
    • : The Achean, the ancient Malayu and other mixed phonologies possessing a considerable degree of harshness, were thus formed.
    • 1997, Jacek Fisiak, Trends in Linguistics: Studies in Middle English Linguistics (ISBN 3110152428), Walter de Gruyter, page 545:
    • : Crucially, the neat separateness of phonologies which my account seems to imply is an abstraction and does not mean that the phonologies represented different regional or social dialects.
    • 2005, Charles W. Kreidler, Phonology, page 219:
    • : Thus, underlying "agtus" was converted first into "āgtus" by the vowel lengthening rule, and then into "āktus" by the ancient persistent rule. This example has previously been interpreted as indicating that new rules can enter a elsewhere than at depth I.
plosive Tweet Definition of plosive Like Definition of plosive on Facebook
  1. (phonetics) Sound produced from opening a previously closed oral passage; for example, when pronouncing the letter P in Pug.
polyphone Tweet Definition of polyphone Like Definition of polyphone on Facebook
  1. A letter, or combination of letters, that can be pronounced in two or more different ways
polyphonic Tweet Definition of polyphonic Like Definition of polyphonic on Facebook
  1. of, or relating to polyphony
  2. (music) having two or more independent but harmonic melodies; contrapuntal
  3. (context, of an electronic device) able to play more than one musical note at the same time
polyphony Tweet Definition of polyphony Like Definition of polyphony on Facebook
  1. (music) Musical texture consisting of several independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony).
polysyllabic Tweet Definition of polysyllabic Like Definition of polysyllabic on Facebook
  1. (context, of a word) Having more than one syllable; having multiple or many syllables.
"Antidisestablishmentarianism" definitely qualifies as a word.
  1. (context, of spoken or written language) Characterized by or consisting of words having numerous syllables.
I have a particularly off-putting predilection for the utilization of ponderously linguistic constructions.
polysyllable Tweet Definition of polysyllable Like Definition of polysyllable on Facebook
  1. A word with more than three syllables.
postconsonantal Tweet Definition of postconsonantal Like Definition of postconsonantal on Facebook
  1. after a consonant
prevocalic Tweet Definition of prevocalic Like Definition of prevocalic on Facebook
adjective (no comparative or superlative)
  1. Immediately preceding a vowel or vowel sound
pronounce Tweet Definition of pronounce Like Definition of pronounce on Facebook
verb (pronounc, ing)
  1. (transitive) To read aloud.
  2. (transitive) To sound out a word.
  3. (transitive) To officially declare.
I hereby you man and wife.
pronunciation Tweet Definition of pronunciation Like Definition of pronunciation on Facebook
  1. (countable) The standard way in which a word is made to sound when spoken.
What is the of "hiccough"?
  1. (uncountable) The way in which a person sounds the words of a language when speaking.
His Italian is terrible.
prosody Tweet Definition of prosody Like Definition of prosody on Facebook
noun (prosodies)
  1. (linguistics) The study of poetic meter; the patterns of sounds and rhythms in verse.
prosthesis Tweet Definition of prosthesis Like Definition of prosthesis on Facebook
noun (plural: prostheses)
  1. An artificial replacement for a body part, either internal or external.
prothesis Tweet Definition of prothesis Like Definition of prothesis on Facebook
noun (prothes, es)
  1. The addition of a sound or syllable at the beginning of a word, as in nother from other ("a whole nother thing"), or Spanish esfera from Latin sphaera (sphere).
pure Tweet Definition of pure Like Definition of pure on Facebook
  1. free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied
  2. free of foreign material or pollutants
  3. free of immoral behavior or quality, qualities; clean

Browse the Dictionary

  Words Starting With:
  Words Ending With:
  Words Containing:
  Words That Match:

 Translate Into:
Dutch   French   German
Italian   Spanish
    Show results per page.

Allwords Copyright 1998-2020 All rights reserved.