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Webster

English Word:

consonant


English Pronunciation:

con•so•nant


Adjective:


⇨Etymology

(Latin) consonans, -antis; present participle of consonare to sound at the same time, agree; con- + sonare to sound: confer (French) consonnant. See Sound to make a noise.


⇨Definition

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. Bishop Beveridge. That where much is given shall be much required is a thing consonant with natural equity. Dr. High More.

2. Having like sounds. Consonant words and syllables. Howell.

3. (Music) 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. Moore.



Noun:


⇨Etymology

(Latin) consonans, -antis.


⇨Definition

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 (taken (

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." High Sweet.



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Wiktionary

Etymology:

From Old French, from Latin cōnsonāns (“sounding with”), from prefix con- (“with”), + present participle sonāns (“sounding”), from sonāre (“to sound”)


Noun:

consonant (plural consonants) (phonetics) A sound that results from the passage of air through restrictions of the oral cavity; any sound that is not the dominant sound of a syllable, the dominant sound generally being a vowel. A letter representing the sound of a consonant. The 19 unquestionable consonants in the English alphabet are B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, X, Z. 1893, Walter Besant, “Prologue”, in The Ivory Gate: Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.


Verb:

cōnsonant third-person plural present active indicative of cōnsonō


Adjective:

Adjective consonant (comparative more consonant, superlative most consonant) Characterized by harmony or agreement. Bishop Beveridge Each one pretends that his opinion is consonant to the words there used. Dr. H. More That where much is given shall be much required is a thing consonant with natural equity. Having the same sound. Howell consonant words and syllables (music) Harmonizing together; accordant. consonant tones; consonant chords Of or relating to consonants; made up of, or containing many, consonants. T. Moore No Russian whose dissonant consonant name / Almost shatters to fragments the trumpet of fame.


Reference:

consonant

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