Definition of Semivowel

1. Noun. A vowellike sound that serves as a consonant.

Exact synonyms: Glide
Generic synonyms: Phone, Sound, Speech Sound
Specialized synonyms: Palatal



Definition of Semivowel

1. n. A sound intermediate between a vowel and a consonant, or partaking of the nature of both, as in the English w and y.

Definition of Semivowel

1. Noun. A sound in speech which has some qualities of a consonant and some qualities of a vowel ¹

2. Noun. A letter which represents a semivowel sound, such as w or y in English. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Semivowel

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Semivowel

semivariances
semivariogram
semivariograms
semivegetarian
semivegetarianism
semivegetarians
semivertical heart
semiverticillate
semivitreous
semivitrification
semivitrified
semivocal
semivocalic
semivolatile
semivoluntary
semivowel (current term)
semivowels
semiweak
semiweeklies
semiweekly
semiwhisper
semiwild
semiworks
semiyearly
semla
semmit
semmits
semoleon
semolina

Literary usage of Semivowel

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1. Wright's Orthography: A Hand-book of Analytical Orthography Designed to by Albert D. Wright (1889)
"1 is a consonant, semivowel, lingual, subvocal. In is a consonant, semivowel, labial, subvocal. u is a consonant, semivowel, lingual, subvocal. p is a ..."

2. A Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India: To Wit, Hindi by John Beames (1872)
"NASAL WITH semivowel. — In this form of nexus the nasal is as a rule the ... No combination of this semivowel with the nasal ^T of its own organ is met with ..."

3. New Common School Question Book: Comprising Questions and Answers on All by Asa Hollister Craig (1893)
"What is a semivowel ? Name them. 28. What divisions are formed from the semivowels? ... is a consonant, semivowel, labial, aspirate. g hard is a consonant, ..."

4. The Question Book: A General Review of Common School Studies : to be Used in by Asa Hollister Craig (1878)
"is a consonant, semivowel, lingual, subvocal. m is a consonant, semivowel, ... is a consonant, mute, lingual, aspirate. v is a consonant, semivowel, labial, ..."

5. The Question Book: A General Review of Common School Studies by Asa Hollister Craig (1879)
"is a consonant, semivowel, lingual, subvocal. m is a consonant, semivowel, ... is a consonant, mute, labial, aspirate. r is a consonant, semivowel, lingual, ..."

6. The Question Book: A General Review of Common School Studies by Asa Hollister Craig (1879)
"is a consonant, semivowel, labial, aspirate. g hard is a consonant, mute, palatal, subvocal. h is a consonant, semivowel, aspirate. j is a consonant, ..."

7. Ethiopic Grammar by August Dillmann, Carl Bezold, James A. Crichton (1907)
"(2) Hardening of the Vowel into a semivowel. Tin's Hardening process can take place only with those vowels which have cor- int0 semi-' responding semivowels ..."

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