sonant

sonant

[soh-nuhnt]
adjective
1.
sounding; having sound.
2.
Phonetics. voiced (opposed to surd ).
noun Phonetics.
3.
a speech sound that by itself makes a syllable or subordinates to itself the other sounds in the syllable; a syllabic sound (opposed to consonant ).
4.
a voiced sound (opposed to surd ).
5.
(in Indo-European) a sonorant.

Origin:
1840–50; < Latin sonānt- (stem of sonāns), present participle of sonāre to sound1. See son-, -ant

sonantal [soh-nan-tl] , sonantic [soh-nan-tik] , adjective
intersonant, adjective
nonsonant, adjective, noun
unsonant, adjective
unsonantal, adjective
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sonant (ˈsəʊnənt)
 
adj
1.  phonetics denoting a voiced sound capable of forming a syllable or syllable nucleus
2.  inherently possessing, exhibiting, or producing a sound
 
n
3.  phonetics a voiced sound belonging to the class of frictionless continuants or nasals (l, r, m, n, ) considered from the point of view of being a vowel and, in this capacity, able to form a syllable or syllable nucleus
 
[C19: from Latin sonāns sounding, from sonāre to make a noise, resound]
 
'sonance
 
n
 
sonantal
 
adj
 
so'nantic
 
adj

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sonant
1846, from L. sonantem (nom. sonans), prp. of sonare "make a noise," related to sonus "sound" (see sound (n.1)).
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