continuants

continuant

[kuhn-tin-yoo-uhnt] 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:
1600–10; < Latin continuant-, stem of continuāns, present participle of continuāre to continue; see -ant

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continuant (kənˈtɪnjʊənt)
 
n
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
 
adj
2.  relating to or denoting a continuant

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