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A consonant, such as (s), (z), (m), or (l), that can be prolonged as long as the breath lasts without a change in quality.
(Phonetics & Phonology) a speech sound, such as (l), (r), (f), or (s), in which the closure of the vocal tract is incomplete, allowing the continuous passage of the breath
(Phonetics & Phonology) relating to or denoting a continuant
con•tin•u•ant(kənˈtɪn yu ənt)
1. a consonant sound, as (f), (l), or (s), that may be prolonged without change of quality. Compare stop (def. 37).adj.
2. of or pertaining to a continuant.
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|Noun||1.||continuant - consonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract|
obstruent - a consonant that is produced with a partial or complete blockage of the airflow from the lungs through the nose or mouth
|Adj.||1.||continuant - 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')