phonetic alphabet

an alphabet containing a separate character for each distinguishable speech sound.

1860–65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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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 10th Edition
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Example sentences
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.
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