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ˈsoʊ nəntso·nant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sonant, voiced soundadjective

    a speech sound accompanied by sound from the vocal cords

  2. voiced, sonant, softadjective

    produced with vibration of the vocal cords

    "a frequently voiced opinion"; "voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'";


  1. sonantadjective

    Of or pertaining to sound; sounding.

  2. sonantadjective



  1. sonant

    In phonetics, a sonant is a sound such as a voiced vowel or consonant that can be continuously sounded, as opposed to sounds like plosives or fricatives which can only be made in short bursts. It is characterized by its speech sound during which the airflow is not blocked and any accompanying noise is relatively quiet. Sonants usually form the peak of syllables.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sonantadjective

    of or pertaining to sound; sounding

  2. Sonantadjective

    uttered, as an element of speech, with tone or proper vocal sound, as distinguished from mere breath sound; intonated; voiced; tonic; the opposite of nonvocal, or surd; -- sid of the vowels, semivowels, liquids, and nasals, and particularly of the consonants b, d, g hard, v, etc., as compared with their cognates p, t, k, f, etc., which are called nonvocal, surd, or aspirate

  3. Sonantnoun

    a sonant letter

  4. Etymology: [L. sonans, -antis, p. pr. of sonare to sound. See Sound a noise.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sonant

    sō′nant, adj. sounding: pertaining to sound: uttered with sound, instead of breath alone, as certain alphabetic sounds.—ns. Sō′nance (Shak.), a call; Sō′nancy, sonant character. [L. sonans, -antis, pr.p. of sonāre, to sound.]

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  1. santon

  2. stanno

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sonant in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sonant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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