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Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh): the sibilant consonants; a sibilant bird call.
A sibilant speech sound, such as English (s), (sh), (z), or (zh).

[Latin sībilāns, sībilant-, present participle of sībilāre, to hiss.]

sib′i·lance, sib′i·lan·cy n.
sib′i·lant·ly adv.

sibilancy, sibilance

the state or quality of a hissing sound. — sibilant, adj.
See also: Sound
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The details, the texture and even the sibilance is beautiful and rich.
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As it plumbs the narrow well of itself, the poem amasses sonic riches--the /in/s of plummeting-rings-sinking, the slippery sibilance of bottomlessness's double suffix, the reverb of there-where and silver-ever--and accrues other interest.
In the richness of these lines' carefully distributed and chiming vowels, the gentle sibilance, and the sinuous rhythm, the extravagance of the language matches the gratuitous waste of the gesture.
Robin Fox emphasizes "the hissing "s" sounds of the little serpents" (224), and calls the reader's attention to this alliteration, which strengthens this symbolic representation through the effect of sibilance.
It seems a farewell to Prague; the beauty in Josef's observation is not only in the image but also in the euphony of the metaphor, in the play between the plosive "b" alliteration and the melancholy sibilance.
alliteration, between sibilance and masculine rhyme.
Sybil" also echoes the words sibilance and syllables--teasing out ideas of wordplay, repetition and substitution through multiplication and sleight of sound, rhyming and chiming words.
The sigmatism and the hissing sibilance of this line anticipate the explicit mention of the serpent ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], 480) from which she saved him only a few lines later.
Similarly, the concentrated sibilance and internal rhyme of the passage--"gusts," "spring," "soil," "sunlight," "dust," "saturated," "smells," "grass"--lends an air of aural predictability that helps to constitute the surface as a sensual, internally coherent thing.
The word "persist" sounds with the kind of sibilance that just sticks in your head.