|1.||one of the frictionless continuants or nasals (l, r, m, n, ) having consonantal or vocalic functions depending on its situation within the syllable|
|2.||either of the two consonants represented in English orthography by w or y and regarded as either consonantal or vocalic articulations of the vowels and|
|[from Latin sonor a noise + |
in phonetics, any of the nasal, liquid, and glide consonants that are marked by a continuing resonant sound. Sonorants have more acoustic energy than other consonants. In English the sonorants are y, w, l, r, m, n, and ng. See also nasal; liquid
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