the set of symbols and modifiers designed, principally on the basis of articulatory considerations, to provide a consistent and universally understood system for transcribing the speech sounds of any language: devised by the International Phonetic Association.
Abbreviation: IPA, I.P.A.
a series of signs and letters propagated by the Association Phonétique Internationale for the representation of human speech sounds. It is based on the Roman alphabet but supplemented by modified signs or symbols from other writing systems, and is usually employed in its revised form of 1951 IPA
noun, Music. 1. . noun 1. (music) the frequency of 435 hertz assigned to the A above middle C, widely used until 1939 See pitch1 (sense 30)
noun 1. a radio silence observed on vessels at sea for two three-minute periods each hour to permit distress signals to be heard.
noun 1. a branch of political science dealing with the relations between nations.
noun 1. a vocabulary of scientific and technical words, terms, formulas, and symbols that are almost universally understood by scientists and similarly used in at least two languages. Abbreviation: ISV.