rough breathing
noun Date: 1746 1. a mark ʽ used in Greek over some initial vowels to show that they are aspirated or over ρ to show that it is voiceless 2. the sound indicated by a mark ʽ over a Greek vowel or ρ

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  • Rough breathing —  ̔ Rough breathing Diacritics accent acute( …   Wikipedia

  • Rough breathing — Breathing Breath ing, n. 1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air. [1913 Webster] Subject to a difficulty of breathing. Melmoth. [1913 Webster] 2. Air in gentle motion. [1913 Webster] 3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rough breathing — n. [transl. of L spiritus asper] 1. in written Greek, the mark (ʼ) placed over an initial vowel or ρ (rho) to show that in ancient Greek it was pronounced with a preceding (h) sound, or aspirate 2. the sound thus indicated …   English World dictionary

  • rough breathing — rough′ breath′ing n. 1) ling. the symbol (‘) used in the writing of Greek to indicate aspiration of the initial vowel or of the ρ (rho) over which it is placed 2) ling. phn the aspirated sound indicated by this mark Compare smooth breathing… …   From formal English to slang

  • rough breathing — noun Etymology: translation of Late Latin spiritus asper 1. : a mark ʽ used in Greek over some initial vowels or over ρ to show that they are aspirated (as in ὡς pronounced ˈhōs or ῥη̃τωρ pronounced ˈhrātōr) 2. : the sound indicated by a mark ʽ …   Useful english dictionary

  • rough breathing — 1. the symbol ( ) used in the writing of Greek to indicate aspiration of the initial vowel or of the small greek letter Rho over which it is placed. 2. the aspirated sound indicated by this mark. Cf. smooth breathing. [1740 50; trans. of L… …   Universalium

  • rough breathing — /rʌf ˈbriðɪŋ/ (say ruf breedhing) noun 1. the pronunciation in Ancient Greek of an initial vowel or ρ with a preceding aspirate sound resembling h in modern English. 2. the diacritic mark ( ) placed over some initial vowels and ρ in written… …   Australian English dictionary

  • rough breathing — noun a) The sound equivalent to an initial h before a vowel or an r in Ancient Greek. b) The mark used to indicate the occurrence of the sound …   Wiktionary

  • rough breathing — Aspirate …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Breathing — Breath ing, n. 1. Respiration; the act of inhaling and exhaling air. [1913 Webster] Subject to a difficulty of breathing. Melmoth. [1913 Webster] 2. Air in gentle motion. [1913 Webster] 3. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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