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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.
1. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics relating to or denoting the consonants (s, z, /ʃ/, /ʒ/), all pronounced with a characteristic hissing sound
2. having a hissing sound: the sibilant sound of wind among the leaves.
(Phonetics & Phonology) a sibilant consonant
[C17: from Latin sībilāre to hiss, of imitative origin; compare Greek sizein to hiss]
ˈsibilance, ˈsibilancy n
sib•i•lant(ˈsɪb ə lənt)
2. of or pertaining to a consonant sound in which air is channeled through a narrow groove along the center of the tongue, producing a hissing sound.n.
3. a sibilant consonant sound, as (s), (z), (sh), or (zh).
[1660–70; < Latin sībilant-, s. of sībilāns, present participle of sībilāre to hiss, derivative of sībilus a hissing, whistling; see -ant]
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|Noun||1.||sibilant - a consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh)|
|Adj.||1.||sibilant - of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')|
soft - (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')