un sibilant

sibilant

[sib-uh-luhnt]
adjective
2.
Phonetics. characterized by a hissing sound; noting sounds like those spelled with s in this [this] rose [rohz] pressure [presh-er] pleasure [plezh-er] and certain similar uses of ch, sh, z, zh, etc.
noun
3.
Phonetics. a sibilant consonant.

Origin:
1660–70; < Latin sībilant- (stem of sībilāns), present participle of sībilāre to hiss), equivalent to sībil(us) a hissing, whistling (of imitative orig.) + -ant- -ant

sibilance, sibilancy, noun
sibilantly, adverb
nonsibilance, noun
nonsibilancy, noun
nonsibilant, adjective, noun
nonsibilantly, adverb
subsibilance, noun
subsibilancy, noun
subsibilant, adjective, noun
subsibilantly, adverb
unsibilant, adjective
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sibilant (ˈsɪbɪlənt)
 
adj
1.  phonetics relating to or denoting the consonants (s, z, //, //), all pronounced with a characteristic hissing sound
2.  having a hissing sound: the sibilant sound of wind among the leaves
 
n
3.  a sibilant consonant
 
[C17: from Latin sībilāre to hiss, of imitative origin; compare Greek sizein to hiss]
 
'sibilance
 
n
 
'sibilancy
 
n
 
'sibilantly
 
adv

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sibilant
1669, from L. sibilantem (nom. sibilans), prp. of sibilare "to hiss, whistle," possibly of imitative origin (cf. Gk. sizein "to hiss," Lett. sikt "to hiss," O.C.S. svistati "to hiss, whistle"). The noun meaning "speech sound having a hissing effect" is from 1788.
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Medical Dictionary

sibilant sib·i·lant (sĭb'ə-lənt)
adj.
Of, characterized by, or producing a hissing sound like that of (s) or (sh).

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