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Voiced, as a speech sound.
1. A voiced speech sound.
2. A syllabic consonant in Indo-European.
1. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics denoting a voiced sound capable of forming a syllable or syllable nucleus
2. inherently possessing, exhibiting, or producing a sound
(Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics a voiced sound belonging to the class of frictionless continuants or nasals (l, r, m, n, ŋ) considered from the point of view of being a vowel and, in this capacity, able to form a syllable or syllable nucleus
[C19: from Latin sonāns sounding, from sonāre to make a noise, resound]
sonantal, soˈnantic adj
1. sounding; having sound.
2. (of a speech sound)n.
a. voiced (opposed to surd).
b. capable of itself forming a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable; syllabic.
3. a speech sound that can itself form a syllable or the nucleus of a syllable, esp. a syllabic consonant.
4. a voiced speech sound.
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|Noun||1.||sonant - a speech sound accompanied by sound from the vocal cords|
|Adj.||1.||sonant - produced with vibration of the vocal cords; "a frequently voiced opinion"; "voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'";|