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ˈspaɪ rəntspi·rant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fricative consonant, fricative, spirantadjective

    a continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a narrowing of the vocal tract

  2. fricative, continuant, sibilant, spirant, stridentadjective

    of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')


  1. spirantnoun

    A fricative.

  2. Etymology: From spirans, present participle of spiro. Compare inspire, expire, respiration, etc.


  1. spirant

    A fricative is a consonant produced by forcing air through a narrow channel made by placing two articulators close together. These may be the lower lip against the upper teeth, in the case of [f]; the back of the tongue against the soft palate in the case of German [x] (the final consonant of Bach); or the side of the tongue against the molars, in the case of Welsh [ɬ] (appearing twice in the name Llanelli). This turbulent airflow is called frication.A particular subset of fricatives are the sibilants. When forming a sibilant, one still is forcing air through a narrow channel, but in addition, the tongue is curled lengthwise to direct the air over the edge of the teeth. English [s], [z], [ʃ], and [ʒ] are examples of sibilants. The usage of two other terms is less standardized: "Spirant" is an older term for fricatives used by some American and European phoneticians and phonologists. "Strident" could mean just "sibilant", but some authors include also labiodental and uvular fricatives in the class.


  1. spirant

    A spirant, also known as a fricative, is a type of consonant sound in speech. It is produced by forcing air through a narrow channel made by positioning two articulators (such as the tongue and the upper teeth) close together. This results in a turbulent airflow and thus creates the fricative sound. Examples include 'f', 'v', 's', 'z', 'h', and 'th' in English language.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spirantnoun

    a term used differently by different authorities; -- by some as equivalent to fricative, -- that is, as including all the continuous consonants, except the nasals m, n, ng; with the further exception, by others, of the liquids r, l, and the semivowels w, y; by others limited to f, v, th surd and sonant, and the sound of German ch, -- thus excluding the sibilants, as well as the nasals, liquids, and semivowels. See Guide to Pronunciation, // 197-208

  2. Etymology: [L. spirans, -antis, p. pr. of spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spirant

    spī′rant, n. a consonant which is fricative or continuable—opp. to explosive, esp. v and f, th, dh; by others made to include the sibilants, and the semi-vowels w and y.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spirant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spirant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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