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Meaning of SIBILANT

Pronunciation:  'sibulunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)
  2. [adj]  produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f'. `s', `z', or `th' (in both `thin' and `then'))
 

SIBILANT is a 8 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: fricative, sibilant consonant, soft, spirant
 
 See Also: consonant

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sib"i*lant\, a. [L. sibilans, -antis, p. pr. of
sibilare to hiss: cf. F. sibilant.]
Making a hissing sound; uttered with a hissing sound;
hissing; as, s, z, sh, and zh, are sibilant elementary
sounds. -- n. A sibiliant letter.

 

 

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