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Princeton's WordNet

  1. susurration, susurrusnoun

    the indistinct sound of people whispering

    "a soft susurrus of conversation"

  2. whisper, whispering, susurration, voicelessnessnoun

    speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords


  1. susurrationnoun

    a low, indistinct continuous whispering sound; a murmur

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Susurrationnoun

    Whisper; soft murmur.

    Etymology: from susurro, Latin.


  1. susurration

    Breathy voice (also called murmured voice, whispery voice, soughing and susurration) is a phonation in which the vocal folds vibrate, as they do in normal (modal) voicing, but are adjusted to let more air escape which produces a sighing-like sound. A simple breathy phonation, [ɦ] (not actually a fricative consonant, as a literal reading of the IPA chart would suggest), can sometimes be heard as an allophone of English /h/ between vowels, such as in the word behind, for some speakers. In the context of the Indo-Aryan languages like Sanskrit and Hindi and comparative Indo-European studies, breathy consonants are often called voiced aspirated, as in the Hindi and Sanskrit stops normally denoted bh, dh, ḍh, jh, and gh and the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European phoneme gʷʰ. From an articulatory perspective, that terminology is inaccurate, as breathy voice is a different type of phonation from aspiration. However, breathy and aspirated stops are acoustically similar in that in both cases there is a delay in the onset of full voicing. In the history of several languages, like Greek and some varieties of Chinese, breathy stops have developed into aspirated stops.


  1. susurration

    Susurration is the act or sound of whispering, murmuring, or rustling. It refers to any low, continuous noise or hushed undertone. The term is often used in literature to describe a soft, faint background noise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Susurrationnoun

    a whispering; a soft murmur

  2. Etymology: [L. susurratio, fr. susurrare to whisper: cf. F. susurration.]

Editors Contribution

  1. susurrationnoun

    The almost imperceptible air movement and sounds made by the flutterings of butterfly/ies wings when they are flying, or a whispering sound or soft rustling.

    Submitted by Soulwriter on July 14, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of susurration in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of susurration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    A rumpus
    B embellish
    C affront
    D cleave

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