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v. gem·i·nat·ed, gem·i·nat·ing, gem·i·nates
1. To double.
2. To arrange in pairs.
3. Linguistics To make into a geminate.
1. To occur in pairs.
2. Linguistics To become a geminate.
adj. (-nĭt, -nāt′)
Forming a pair; doubled.
n. (-nĭt, -nāt′) Linguistics
A long or doubled consonant sound, such as the tt in the Italian word sotto or the nn in the English word thinness.

[Latin gemināre, gemināt-, from geminus, twin.]

gem′i·na′tion n.
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1. the act or state of being doubled or paired
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) the doubling of a consonant
3. (Rhetoric) the immediate repetition of a word, phrase, or clause for rhetorical effect
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Immediate repetition of a word or phrase for rhetorical effect.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gemination - the doubling of a word or phrase (as for rhetorical effect)
repetition - the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
2.gemination - the act of copying or making a duplicate (or duplicates) of something; "this kind of duplication is wasteful"
copying - an act of copying
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He is grateful to every coach who has patiently corrected or helped him understand his music better--"from every double consonant to every musical phrase, coaches are the unsung heroes of our industry and we can never thank them enough." He is also indebted to people who have been honest with him.
In the orthographic system of the majority of Old Khotanese texts there are four cases where a double consonant graph is used for a single phoneme, tt=/tl, gg=/gl, ss=/s/, ss-/s/.
As opposed to previous studies, which usually attempt to refute the traditional interpretation put on the use of double consonants in The Ormulum, and attempt to advance an alternative explanation for the abnormally frequent use of <CC> digraphs, the current study primarily focuses on the standard view, which assumes that the scribe of MS Junius 1 applied double consonant graphemes to indicate vowel shortness.
Abercrombie (1967) shows that a double consonant is one whose duration extends over two syllables, whereas the duration of a long consonant is confined to a single syllable.
107 the authors state that they consider the double consonant "a phonetic unit belonging to its own syllable" but do not address the issue of the short vowel.
Weeyum!" That is the best that the French can do with 'William'; the double consonant plays hell with them.
Niffite names featured a double consonant and ended in "nil," such as Eskannif.
In addition, the authors have adopted the notation [:] to indicate length, which reflects their position that "the practice in writing is to separate double consonants, whereas phonetically the double consonant is considered to be a phonic unit belonging to its own syllable: fatto = fat-to = [fa-t:o]" (60).
The participants pronounce a double consonant under the influence of spelling which is known as "Gemination".
p), short geminate (indicated as a double consonant with a breve mark over the first consonant, e.g.
There is an inconsistency in the transliteration of words (verbs, nouns, adjectives, particles, etc.) that end with a double consonant in both AAT and AAR.
The volume is arranged according to specific sets of IPA symbols; for instance, [u], [y], double consonant, and unvoiced b are contained in one grouping.