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Meaning of CONSONANT

Pronunciation:  'kânsununt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a speech sound that is not a vowel
  2. [n]  a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant
  3. [adj]  in keeping; "salaries agreeable with current trends"; "plans conformable with your wishes"; "expressed views concordant with his background"
  4. [adj]  involving or characterized by harmony

CONSONANT is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: accordant, agreeable, concordant, conformable, consistent, harmonic, harmonical, harmonious, harmonised, harmonized, in accord(p), in agreement(p), in harmony
 Antonyms: vowel, vowel sound
 See Also: affricate, affricate consonant, affricative, alphabetic character, alveolar, alveolar consonant, aspirate, continuant, continuant consonant, dental consonant, geminate, guttural, guttural consonant, labial, labial consonant, letter, letter of the alphabet, occlusive, phone, plosive, plosive consonant, plosive speech sound, sibilant, sibilant consonant, sound, speech sound, stop, stop consonant, surd, voiceless consonant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con"so*nant\, a. [L. consonans, -antis; p. pr. of
    consonare to sound at the same time, agree; con- + sonare to
    sound: cf. F. consonnant. See {Sound} to make a noise.]
    1. Having agreement; congruous; consistent; according; --
       usually followed by with or to.
             Each one pretends that his opinion . . . is
             consonant to the words there used.    --Bp.
             That where much is given there shall be much
             required is a thing consonant with natural equity.
                                                   --Dr. H. More.
    2. Having like sounds.
             Consonant words and syllables.        --Howell.
    3. (Mus.) harmonizing together; accordant; as, consonant
       tones, consonant chords.
    4. Of or pertaining to consonants; made up of, or containing
       many, consonants.
             No Russian whose dissonant consonant name Almost
             shatters to fragments the trumpet of fame. --T.
  2. \Con"so*nant\, n. [L. consonans, -antis.]
    An articulate sound which in utterance is usually combined
    and sounded with an open sound called a vowel; a member of
    the spoken alphabet other than a vowel; also, a letter or
    character representing such a sound.
    Note: Consonants are divided into various classes, as mutes,
          spirants, sibilants, nasals, semivowels, etc. All of
          them are sounds uttered through a closer position of
          the organs than that of a vowel proper, although the
          most open of them, as the semivowels and nasals, are
          capable of being used as if vowels, and forming
          syllables with other closer consonants, as in the
          English feeble (-b'l), taken (-k'n). All the consonants
          excepting the mutes may be indefinitely, prolonged in
          utterance without the help of a vowel, and even the
          mutes may be produced with an aspirate instead of a
          vocal explosion. Vowels and consonants may be regarded
          as the two poles in the scale of sounds produced by
          gradual approximation of the organ, of speech from the
          most open to the closest positions, the vowel being
          more open, the consonant closer; but there is a
          territory between them where the sounds produced
          partake of the qualities of both.
    Note: ``A consonant is the result of audible friction,
          squeezing, or stopping of the breath in some part of
          the mouth (or occasionally of the throath.) The main
          distinction between vowels and consonants is, that
          while in the former the mouth configuration merely
          modifies the vocalized breath, which is therefore an
          essential element of the vowels, in consonants the
          narrowing or stopping of the oral passage is the
          foundation of the sound, and the state of the glottis
          is something secondary.'' --H. Sweet.
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