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continuant

[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh nt] /kənˈtɪn yu ənt/ Phonetics
noun
1.
a consonant, as f or s, that may be prolonged without change of quality.
Compare stop (def 34).
adjective
2.
pertaining to or noting a continuant.
Origin of continuant
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin continuant-, stem of continuāns, present participle of continuāre to continue; see -ant
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  • The passage would be too narrow, there would be friction, and a continuant would be the result (see § 34).

  • continuant nostre routte, navigasmes par trois jours sans rien descouvrir.

    Crotchet Castle Thomas Love Peacock
British Dictionary definitions for continuant

continuant

/kənˈtɪnjʊənt/
noun
1.
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
adjective
2.
relating to or denoting a continuant
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