sibilation


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sib·i·late

 (sĭb′ə-lāt′)
intr. & tr.v. sib·i·lat·ed, sib·i·lat·ing, sib·i·lates
To utter or pronounce with a hissing sound.

[Latin sībilāre, sībilāt-, to hiss.]

sib′i·la′tion n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sibilation - a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval); "the performers could not be heard over the hissing of the audience"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
2.sibilation - pronunciation with a sibilant (hissing or whistling) sound
pronunciation - the manner in which someone utters a word; "they are always correcting my pronunciation"
References in classic literature ?
Her voice was peculiar, very low and sweet, and so soft that the dominant note was of sibilation.
Challenger walked across to the oxygen tube, and the sound of the loud hissing fell away till it was the most gentle sibilation.
It's a metrical quicksand, not unlike Day's consonantal hiss, the sibilation that "dramatizes unstemmable physical erosion and psychological loss," and all the while "opens onto an abject space beyond words" (p.