HyperDic: spirant

English > 2 senses of the word spirant:
ADJECTIVEallspirant, fricative, continuant, sibilant, stridentof speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as 'f', 's', 'z', or 'th' in both 'thin' and 'then')
NOUNcommunicationspirant, fricative consonant, fricativea continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a narrowing of the vocal tract
English > spirant: 2 senses > adjective 1
MeaningOf speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as 'f', 's', 'z', or 'th' in both 'thin' and 'then').
Synonymsfricative, continuant, sibilant, strident
Broadersoft(of speech sounds)
Spanishaspirante, fricativo, sibilante
Catalanaspirant, fricatiu, sibilant
English > spirant: 2 senses > noun 1, communication
MeaningA continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a narrowing of the vocal tract.
Synonymsfricative consonant, fricative
Narrowersibilant, sibilant consonantA consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)
Broadercontinuant consonant, continuantconsonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract
Spanishconsonante fricativa, fricativa
Catalanconsonant fricativa, fricativa

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