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[uh-prok-suh-muh nt] /əˈprɒk sə mənt/
noun, Phonetics
an articulation in which one articulator is close to another, but not sufficiently so to form a stop or a fricative.
a sound characterized by such an articulation, as (w), (y), (r), (l), or a vowel.
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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in phonetics, a sound that is produced by bringing one articulator in the vocal tract close to another without, however, causing audible friction (see fricative). Approximants include semivowels, such as the y sound in "yes" or the w sound in "war."

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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