Pronunciation: (fu-net'ik, fō-),[key] —adj. 1. Also,pho•net'i•cal.of or pertaining to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols.
2. corresponding to pronunciation: phonetic transcription. 3. agreeing with pronunciation: phonetic spelling. 4. concerning or involving the discrimination of nondistinctive elements of a language. In English, certain phonological features, as length and aspiration, are phonetic but not phonemic.
—n. (in Chinese writing) a written element that represents a sound and is used in combination with a radical to form a character.