in English, the midcentral vowel in an unaccented or unstressed syllable; as the first vowel sound in alone. See also short vowel. the graphic symbol (_) commonly used in phonetic alphabets and pronunciation keys to represent such a vowel.
An unstressed vowel indistinct in pronunciation, often similar to short . In the word garden, the unstressed syllable - den contains the schwa sound. In the word alone, the unstressed syllable - is the schwa sound. The schwa sound is represented by the symbol .
the vowel sound heard at the beginning of the word about and represented by the symbol /a/ and any of the vowel letters (carrot, alone)