What does obstruent mean?

Definitions for obstruentˈɒb stru ənt

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  1. obstruent(Noun)

    a consonant sound formed by obstructing the airway, causing turbulence; the generic term of plosive, fricative and affricate

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obstruent(adj)

    causing obstruction; blocking up; hindering; as, an obstruent medicine

  2. Obstruent(noun)

    anything that obstructs or closes a passage; esp., that which obstructs natural passages in the body; as, a medicine which acts as an obstruent

  3. Origin: [L. obstruens, p. pr. of obstruere. See Obstruct.]


  1. Obstruent

    An obstruent is a consonant sound formed by obstructing airflow, causing increased air pressure in the vocal tract, such as, and. In phonetics, articulation may be divided into two large classes: obstruents and sonorants. Obstruents are those articulations in which there is closure of the vocal tract, stopping or interfering with airflow. They are subdivided into stops: ‏p, t, k, b, d, g, with complete occlusion of the vocal tract, often followed by a release burst; fricatives, with limited closure, not stopping airflow but interfering with it and making it turbulent, called frication; and affricates, which begin with complete occlusion but then release into a fricative-like release. Obstruents are prototypically voiceless, though voiced obstruents are common. This contrasts with sonorants, which are much more rarely voiceless.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstruent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstruent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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