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speech sound

noun, Phonetics
1.
any of the set of distinctive sounds of a given language.
Compare phoneme.
2.
any audible, elemental, acoustic event occurring in speech: “Go” contains the speech sound “o.”.
Compare phone2 .
3.
any of the sounds of the entire phonetic system of a language.
Compare allophone.
Origin of speech sound
1865-1870
1865-70
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  • He had the power of making his speech sound like a deep, soft music.

    The Witch of Prague F. Marion Crawford
  • It makes our speech sound like that of a gushing school girl, to whom everything is very, awfully sweet.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • It was not a speech sound, but a kind of whine, always coupled with a deep sigh.

    Gorillas & Chimpanzees R. L. Garner
  • Hence salubris oratio means a speech sound in matter, possessing original strength; sana, a temperate and discreet speech.

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Word Value for speech

13
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