noun Date: 1872 a symbol or sequence of symbols having more than one phonemic value (as a in English)

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  • polyphone — ⇒POLYPHONE, adj. A. ACOUST. [En parlant d un écho] ,,Qui répète les sons plusieurs fois (ROUGNON 1935). B. LING. Synon. de polyphonique (v. ce mot A). (Dict.XIXe et XXes.). Caractère, signe polyphone. C. MUSIQUE 1. Rare. Synon. de polyphonique (v …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Polyphone — Pol y*phone, n. A character or vocal sign representing more than one sound, as read, which is pronounced r[=e]d or r[e^]d. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polyphone — [päl′i fōn΄] n. Phonet. a polyphonic letter or other symbol, or a group of letters or symbols that is polyphonic …   English World dictionary

  • polyphone — /pol ee fohn /, n. Phonet. a polyphonic letter or symbol. [1645 55; < Gk polýphonos. See POLY , PHONE] * * * …   Universalium

  • polyphone — noun A letter, or combination of letters, that can be pronounced in two or more different ways …   Wiktionary

  • polyphone — (po li fo n ) adj. 1°   Terme de physique. Se dit d un écho qui répète les sons plusieurs fois. 2°   Qui a le caractère de la polyphonie. Signes assyriens polyphones. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Poly..., et du grec, voix …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • polyphone — poly·phone …   English syllables

  • polyphone — pol•y•phone [[t]ˈpɒl iˌfoʊn[/t]] n. phn a polyphonic letter or symbol • Etymology: 1645–55; < Gk polýphōnos. See poly , phone …   From formal English to slang

  • polyphone — /ˈpɒlifoʊn/ (say poleefohn) noun a polyphonic letter or symbol …   Australian English dictionary

  • polyphone — n. Phonet. a symbol or letter that represents several different sounds …   Useful english dictionary

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