continuant
noun Date: 1861 1. something that continues or serves as a continuation 2. a speech sound (as a fricative or vowel) that is produced without a complete closure of the breath passagecompare stopcontinuant adjective

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  • Continuant — Con*tin u*ant, a. Continuing; prolonged; sustained; as, a continuant sound. n. A continuant sound; a letter whose sound may be prolonged. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • continuant — [kən tin′yo͞o ənt] n. [ME < L continuans, prp.: see CONTINUE] Phonet. a speech sound that can be prolonged as long as the breath lasts, with no significant change in the quality of the sound: continuants include fricatives (s, f, th, etc.),… …   English World dictionary

  • Continuant — For the mathematical term, see continuant (mathematics) . A continuant is a sound produced with an incomplete closure of the vocal tract. That is, any sound except a stop (plosive) or nasal. An affricate is considered to be a complex segment,… …   Wikipedia

  • continuant — Статья 1. (продлеваемый | prolongeable | Dauerlaut | continuant | continuo) Всякий звук, произношение которого может иметь заметную длительность. Термин употребляется иногда специально для обозначения согласных, именуемых протяженными (см.… …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • continuant — /keuhn tin yooh euhnt/, Phonet. n. 1. a consonant, as /f, s/ that may be prolonged without change of quality. Cf. stop (def. 39). adj. 2. pertaining to or noting a continuant. [1600 10; < L continuant , s. of continuans, prp. of continuare to… …   Universalium

  • continuant — con tin·u·ant || É™nt n. consonant which may be prolonged without changing the sound (Phonetics) adj. of or pertaining to a continuant, of a consonant which may be prolonged without changing the sound (Phonetics) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • continuant — noun 1》 Phonetics a consonant which is sounded with the vocal tract only partly closed, allowing the breath to pass through and the sound to be prolonged (as with f, l, m, n, r, s, v). 2》 Philosophy & Psychology a thing that retains its identity… …   English new terms dictionary

  • continuant — con•tin•u•ant [[t]kənˈtɪn yu ənt[/t]] n. 1) phn a consonant sound, as (f), (l), or (s), that may be prolonged without change of quality Compare stop 37) 2) phn of or pertaining to a continuant • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • continuant — n. & adj. Phonet. n. a speech sound in which the vocal tract is only partly closed, allowing the breath to pass through and the sound to be prolonged (as with f, r, s, v). adj. of or relating to such a sound. Etymology: F continuant and L… …   Useful english dictionary

  • continuant — noun a) A linguistic sound other than a stop b) A determinant formed from a tridiagonal matrix …   Wiktionary

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