Definitions for schwaʃwɑ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

schwaʃwɑ(n.)(pl.)schwas or shwas.

or shwa

  1. the mid-central, neutral vowel sound typically occurring in unstressed syllables in English, as the sound of a in alone and sofa or u in

    circus.

    Category: Phonetics

  2. the phonetic symbol ə, used to represent this sound.

    Category: Phonetics

Origin of schwa:

1890–95; < G < Heb shəwā name of a diacritic marking schwa or no vowel

Princeton's WordNet

  1. schwa, shwa(noun)

    a neutral middle vowel; occurs in unstressed syllables

Wiktionary

  1. schwa(Noun)

    An indeterminate central vowel sound as the "a" in "about", represented as /u0259/ in IPA and /@/ in SAMPA and X-SAMPA.

  2. schwa(Noun)

    The character u0259, an upside-down, backwards, lower-case E

  3. Origin: Schwa, from שְׁוָא (š’vā), meaning "nought".

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  1. Schwa

    In linguistics, specifically phonetics and phonology, schwa refers to the mid-central vowel sound in the middle of the vowel chart, denoted by the IPA symbol, or another vowel sound close to that position. An example in English is the vowel sound in the second syllable of the word sofa. Schwa in English is mainly found in unstressed positions, but in some other languages occurs more frequently as a stressed vowel. In relation to certain languages, the name "schwa" and the symbol may be used for some other unstressed and toneless neutral vowel, not necessarily mid-central.

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