Phonography

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Phonography A description of the laws of the human voice, or sounds uttered by the organs of speech.
    • Phonography A representation of sounds by distinctive characters; commonly, a system of shorthand writing invented by Isaac Pitman, or a modification of his system, much used by reporters.
    • Phonography The art of constructing, or using, the phonograph.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phonography The science of sound-signs, or the representation of vocal sounds.
    • n phonography The representation of words as they are pronounced; specifically, a system of phonetic writing in shorthand introduced by Isaac Pitman of Bath, England, in the year 1837. The consonants are represented by simple lines (called stems), curved or straight, light or heavy, vertical, horizontal, or slanting, with initial and terminal hooks, circles, loops, etc.; the vowels are represented by dots and dashes, light or heavy, by combinations of them, and by small angles and semicircles. In actual use most of the vowel-signs are omitted (though they may in many cases be approximately indicated by the position—above, on, or below the line —of the consonant-stem), and the consonant-stems, by halving, doubling, etc., are made to perform extra duty. To secure further brevity, various arbitrary devices are employed. Mr. Pitman's system has been variously modified and improved by himself and others in England and America. See shorthand.
    • n phonography The construction and use of phonographs, and the recording of sound by mechanical means, with a view to its reproduction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Phonography the art of representing each spoken sound by a distinct character: phonetic shorthand
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Phono-, + -graphy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. phōnē, sound, graphein, to write.

Usage

In literature:

Isaac Pitman was the originator and father of scientific phonography.
"What Is Man? And Other Stories" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
After all, it is likely that the language will shape itself by larger forces than phonography and dictionary-making.
"The Professor at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
You ought to go in for phonography.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
They all know the digital sign language; but German and phonography classed him as one above the ordinary.
"Ashton-Kirk, Investigator" by John T. McIntyre
For this phonography really amounts to a study of the cheapest way of spelling words.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
Like the written and printed alphabet of Europe, the alphabet of Phonography was made phonetic.
"Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge" by Alexander Philip
In typewriting our progress has been as encouraging as in Phonography.
"Silver Links" by Various
It should be added, however, that a knowledge of working on the type-writer should accompany the ability to write phonography.
"Work for Women" by George J. Manson
He became a journalist and an advocate of phonography.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
JONES, Dr., and his Phonography, 388.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
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In news:

Courtesy photograph "Ferris Wheel," by Paul Moore, of Ireland, will be one of 75 cell phone photographs featured in the exhibition " Phonography " at The Gallery at The Tech Garden.
DJ Smash Phonography 2 Blue Note Records.
Two years ago, DJ Smash chronicled Blue Note's relationship with '90s DJ culture on Phonography , and that profile continues on Phonography 2.
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