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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A unit of apparent loudness, equal in number to the intensity in decibels of a 1,000-hertz tone judged to be as loud as the sound being measured.

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  • n. A unit of apparent loudness, equal in number to the intensity in decibels of a 1,000-hertz tone judged to be as loud as the sound being measured.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Abbreviations of phonetics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a unit of subjective loudness

Etymologies

German, from Greek phōnē, sound; see phone1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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