Phonography
Phonography Pho*nog"ra*phy, n. [Phono- + -graphy.] 1. A description of the laws of the human voice, or sounds uttered by the organs of speech. [1913 Webster]

2. A representation of sounds by distinctive characters; commonly, a system of shorthand writing invented by Isaac Pitman, or a modification of his system, much used by reporters. [1913 Webster]

Note: The consonants are represented by straight lines and curves; the vowels by dots and short dashes; but by skilled phonographers, in rapid work, most vowel marks are omitted, and brief symbols for common words and combinations of words are extensively employed. The following line is an example of phonography, in which all the sounds are indicated: [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

They also serve who only stand and wait. --Milton.

3. The art of constructing, or using, the phonograph. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • phonography — noun a) the transcription of speech using symbols b) a form of shorthand using such symbols …   Wiktionary

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  • phonography — pho·nog·ra·phy …   English syllables

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  • phonography — /foʊˈnɒgrəfi/ (say foh nogruhfee) noun 1. phonetic spelling, writing, or shorthand. 2. a system of phonetic shorthand invented in 1837 by Sir Isaac Pitman …   Australian English dictionary

  • phonography — n. 1 writing in esp. shorthand symbols, corresponding to the sounds of speech. 2 the recording of sounds by phonograph. Derivatives: phonographic adj …   Useful english dictionary

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