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also ham·zah  (hăm′zə, häm′zä)
A sign in Arabic orthography used to represent the sound of a glottal stop, transliterated in English as an apostrophe.

[Arabic, from hamaza, to urge on, goad; see hmz in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈhɑːmzɑː; -zə) or


(Phonetics & Phonology) the sign used in Arabic to represent the glottal stop
[from Arabic hamzah, literally: a compression]
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(ˈhɑm zɑ)

n., pl. -zas.
a sign used in Arabic writing to represent a glottal stop, usu. shown in English transliterations as an apostrophe.
[1935–40; < Arabic hamzah literally, a squeezing together]
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After the adoption of the bill by the 371-member legislature it has become manifest that Aleem Khans, Hamzas, Pervaiz Elahis and Buzdars are on the same page and the differences they feign they have on issues are nothing but hallucination.
al-hamza (only for excerpts): There are special subsections for the discussion of the rules of hamza; from among them, e.g.: when 'two hamzas meet in one word or in two consecutive words (fi-l-hamzatayn fi kalimatin wa kalimatayn)', there are seven sub-classes:
But the super ingredient of the day was Hammana's famous cherries, and in keeping with the theme, the Hamzas had made their special cherry-apple-grape concoction.
Sometimes names are fully transliterated, other times they lack sub-dots and macrons; 'ayns and hamzas come and go at random; -h for the feminine is used inconsistently.
You close your eyes for a moment to recollect another scene that would bring back hope but you are swept with tears, only to recall that "God is patient but does not forget." How many Hamzas has this regime killed, but how many Hamzas will live on in the hearts of Syria's children?
"In an age where the militancy of modern Islam may persuade many Western minds that perhaps the Hindu revisionists weren't so wrong, the Hamzas become important evidence in the debate," he said.
The Abu Hamzas, Nick Griffins and Fred Phelps of the world have perverted the right that generations of people have fought and died for.
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"But maybe Mr Hutton will be able to keep a better eye on the Hamzas' benefit payments."