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series of words that represent the letters of the alphabet and are used in order to prevent spelling errors (A = Apple, B = Book, etc.)

A list of standard words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone. The following are the authorized words, listed in order, for each letter in the alphabet: ALFA, BRAVO, CHARLIE, DELTA, ECHO, FOXTROT, GOLF, HOTEL, INDIA, JULIETT, KILO, LIMA, MIKE, NOVEMBER, OSCAR, PAPA, QUEBEC, ROMEO, SIERRA, TANGO, UNIFORM, VICTOR, WHISKEY, X-RAY, YANKEE, and ZULU.

Phonetic alphabet can mean:
  • Phonetic transcription system: a system for transcribing the precise sounds of human speech into writing
    • International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA): the most widespread such system
    • : lists other phonetic transcription systems
  • Phonemic orthography: for representing the sounds of a particular language where one symbol corresponds to one sound
  • Spelling alphabet: a set of words used instead of alphabetic letters in radio communication; each word stands for its initial letter
    • NATO phonetic alphabet: the most widespread such set (e.g., Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, etc.)
    • : lists other spelling alphabets

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1. an alphabet of characters intended to represent specific sounds of speech
(synonym) sound alphabet
(hypernym) alphabet
(hyponym) visible speech
(member-meronym) phonetic symbol

A list of standard words used to identify letters in a message transmitted by radio or telephone. The following are the currently authorized words for each letter in the alphabet: A lpha, B ravo, C harlie, D elta, E cho, F oxtrot, G olf, H otel, I ndia, J uliet, K ilo, L ima, M ike, N ovember, O scar, P apa, Q uebec, R omeo, S ierra, T ango, U niform, V ictor, W hiskey, X -ray, Y ankee, Z ulu. [JP1]

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