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A sound that has the quality of one of the high vowels, as (ē) or (o͞o), and that functions as a consonant before or after vowels, as the initial sounds of yell and well and the final sounds of coy and cow. Also called glide.


1. (Phonetics & Phonology) a vowel-like sound that acts like a consonant, in that it serves the same function in a syllable carrying the same amount of prominence as a consonant relative to a true vowel, the nucleus of the syllable. In English and many other languages the chief semivowels are (w) in well and (j), represented as y, in yell
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) a frictionless continuant classified as one of the liquids; (l) or (r)
Also called (US and Canadian): glide


(ˈsɛm ɪˌvaʊ əl)

a speech sound of vowel quality used as a consonant, as (w) in wet or (y) in yet.
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Noun1.semivowel - a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant
speech sound, phone, sound - (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
palatal - a semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word `yeast')
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to indicate a rhotic offglide, although this is not IPA sanctioned.
If the first consonant in a word-medial cluster is voiceless and palatalized, no voicing occurs, even though an offglide follows the cluster.
Before final [n] his oe is said to virtually lose the final vocalic offglide and become similar to o.
Britain 1991, 1997a, 1997b) has shown that the adult community in the western Fens have had fully open onsets of (AI) with a front close offglide [[?
20) As can be seen in Table 1, in the Selabi dialect, /a/ is accompanied by a rounding offglide, [w]: [kibaw?
The slight differences between the speakers are reflected in U's consistent employing a closer quality of the vowel [o] and M's exhibiting variability, with both closer and more open realisations ([o ~ [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]]) Several tokens in the speech of both informants have a slight centring offglide, evident in U's snore, forty ([[LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]]) and M's four, more, board ([[LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]]).