Definition of Sibilant

1. Noun. A consonant characterized by a hissing sound (like s or sh).




2. Adjective. Of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as 'f', 's', 'z', or 'th' in both 'thin' and 'then').
Exact synonyms: Continuant, Fricative, Spirant, Strident
Similar to: Soft
Derivative terms: Continuance, Sibilate, Sibilate, Sibilate

Definition of Sibilant

1. a. Making a hissing sound; uttered with a hissing sound; hissing; as, s, z, sh, and zh, are sibilant elementary sounds.

Definition of Sibilant

1. Adjective. Characterized by a hissing sound such as the "s" or "sh" in ''sash'' or ''surge''. ¹

2. Noun. (phonetics) A hissing sound such as the 's' or 'sh' in 'sash' or 'surge'. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sibilant

1. a speech sound produced by the fricative passage of breath through a narrow orifice [n -S]

Medical Definition of Sibilant

1. Hissing or whistling in character; denoting a form of rale. Origin: L. Sibilans (-ant-), pres. P. Of sibilo, to hiss (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sibilant

siameze
siamezed
siamezes
siamezing
siamyl
sib
sibb
sibbens
sibberidge
sibbs
siberian
sibilance
sibilances
sibilancies
sibilancy
sibilant (current term)
sibilant consonant
sibilant rale
sibilant rhonchi
sibilantly
sibilants
sibilate
sibilated
sibilates
sibilating
sibilation
sibilations
sibilator
sibilators
sibilatory

Literary usage of Sibilant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Latin Language: An Historical Account of Latin Sounds, Stems and Flexions by Wallace Martin Lindsay (1894)
"Initial sibilant before Consonant : (i) before unvoiced consonant : I.-Eur. ... If we muy infer from the treatment of an internal sibilant before a voiced ..."

2. A Comparative Grammar of the Modern Aryan Languages of India: To Wit, Hindi by John Beames (1872)
"T, *JT, ^, T*T, in all of which the sibilant precedes the nasal. When the nasal comes first, it generally, if not always, takes the form of ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"To write even the briefest song without a sibilant would be a tour deforce; to write a good one would no doubt be next to impossible. ..."

4. A Short Comparative Grammar of English and German, as Traced Back to Their by Victor Henry (1894)
"CHAPTER V. sibilant CONSONANTS. (58) The Indo-European speech had two sibilants, ... The I.-E. sibilant may be either initial, or medial, or final. ..."

5. Physical Exploration and Diagnosis of Diseases Affecting the Respiratory Organs by Austin Flint (1856)
"sibilant rale.—Any bronchial sound, not a modification of the normal respiration, in other words, any adventitious sound or rale, which conveys to the ear ..."

6. A Sanskrit Grammar: Including Both the Classical Language, and the Older by William Dwight Whitney (1879)
"The lingual sibilant s. 225. Since the lingual sibilant, in its usual and normal occurrences, is (182) the product of ..."

7. A Sanskrit Grammar: Including Both the Classical Language, and the Older by William Dwight Whitney (1879)
"The lingual sibilant s. 225. Since the lingual sibilant, in its usual and normal occurrences, is (182) the product of ..."

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