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1Phonetic representation or spelling.
2Specifically. Isaac Pitman's name for: the system of phonetic shorthand that he invented in 1837.
3The recording of sound, especially by means of a phonautograph or phonograph; the construction and use of phonographs. Now chiefly historical.
Early 18th century. From phono- + -graphy. With sense 2 compare phonographic. With sense 3 compare earlier phonology.
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