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phonetic alphabet

an alphabet containing a separate character for each distinguishable speech sound.
Origin of phonetic alphabet
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The phonetic alphabet is a useful tool because it is indifferent to which language one is coming from.
  • There's a reason other languages use a phonetic alphabet.
  • When communicating alphanumeric information, both sender and receiver should use a phonetic alphabet to ensure clarity.
  • People use the phonetic alphabet and unit designators when describing unique identifiers for specific components.
  • Knowledge of phonetic alphabet as needed to effectively communicate using the radio.
  • If the spelling still cannot be understood, then the phonetic alphabet should be used to clarify spoken letters.
British Dictionary definitions for phonetic alphabet

phonetic alphabet

a list of the words used in communications to represent the letters of the alphabet, as in E for Echo, T for Tango
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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