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[Latin spīrāns, spīrant-, present participle of spīrāre, to breathe.]
(Phonetics & Phonology) another word for fricative
(Phonetics & Phonology) a fricative consonant
[C19: from Latin spīrāns breathing, from spīrāre to breathe]
fric•a•tive(ˈfrɪk ə tɪv)
1. a consonant sound, as (th), (v), or (h), characterized by audible friction produced by forcing the breath through a constricted or partially obstructed passage in the vocal tract.adj.
2. of or pertaining to a fricative.
[1855–60; < Latin fricāt(us), past participle of fricāre; see friction]
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|Noun||1.||spirant - a continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a narrowing of the vocal tract|
continuant, continuant consonant - consonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract
|Adj.||1.||spirant - 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')