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1. Of or relating to an alveolus.
2. Anatomy
a. Relating to the jaw section containing the tooth sockets: the alveolar ridge.
b. Relating to the alveoli of the lungs.
3. Linguistics Formed with the tip of the tongue touching or near the inner ridge of the gums of the upper front teeth, as the English (t), (d), and (s).
n. Linguistics
An alveolar sound.

al·ve′o·lar·ly adv.


in an alveolar manner
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In "we did not laugh, and we did not speak" ("The Daisies"), a voiced plosive meets a nasal, both articulated alveolarly. While this may seem convenient, it actually creates a small dilemma: should the ds be aspirated and the tongue tip articulated twice, or should they be released nasally, as in speech?