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consonant Explained

consonant at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


consonant at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C]
1 a speech sound made by partly or completely stopping the flow of air through your mouth: vowel//
2 a letter that represents a consonant sound. The letters 'a', 'e', 'i', 'o', 'u', and sometimes 'y' represent vowels, and all the other letters are consonants:
consonant 2 adj [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Old French; Origin: Latin, present participle of consonare 'to sound together, agree', from com- ( COM-) + sonare 'to sound']//
1 be consonant with sth: formal to match or exist well with something else// --This policy is scarcely consonant with the government's declared aims.//
2 technical relating to a combination of musical notes that sounds pleasant: → dissonant// -- consonance n [U] // --a religion in consonance with Christianity//

consonant at Dutch => English Of Explained:

ly, up to

consonant at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Any speech sound characterized by an articulation in which a closure or narrowing of the vocal tract completely or partially blocks the flow of air; also, any letter or symbol representing such a sound. Consonants are usually classified according to place of articulation (e.g., palate, teeth, lips); manner of articulation, as in stops (complete closure of the oral passage, released with a burst of air), fricatives (forcing of breath through a constricted passage), and trills (vibration of the tip of the tongue or the uvula); and presence or absence of voicing, nasalization, aspiration, and other features.

consonant at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

235 Moby Thesaurus words for "consonant":
accented, accordant, according, affirmative, agreeable, agreeing,
alike, allophone, alveolar, answerable, apical, apico-alveolar,
apico-dental, articulated, articulation, aspiration, assimilated,
assimilation, assonant, assonantal, at one, attuned, automatic,
back, balanced, barytone, bilabial, blended, blending, broad,
cacuminal, central, cerebral, check, checked, chiming, close,
coexistent, coexisting, coherent, coincident, coinciding,
commensurate, compatible, concordant, concurrent, concurring,
conformable, congenial, congruent, congruous, consentaneous,
consentient, consistent, consonantal, constant, continuant,
continuous, cooperating, cooperative, correspondent, corresponding,
dental, diphthong, dissimilated, dissimilation, dorsal, en rapport,
epenthetic vowel, equable, equal, equivalent, even, explosive,
flat, front, glide, glossal, glottal, glottalization, guttural,
hard, harmonic, harmonious, harmonizing, heavy, high, homogeneous,
homophonic, immutable, in accord, in agreement, in chorus,
in concert, in concord, in rapport, in sync, in synchronization,
in tune, in unison, inaccordance, inharmony, intonated, invariable,
labial, labialization, labiodental, labiovelar, laryngeal, lateral,
lax, level, light, like-minded, lingual, liquid, low,
manner of articulation, measured, mechanical, methodic, mid,
modification, monodic, monolithic, monophonic, monophthong,
monophthongal, morphophoneme, mute, muted, narrow, nasal,
nasalized, occlusive, of a piece, of like mind, of one mind,
on all fours, open, ordered, orderly, oxytone, palatal,
palatalized, parasitic vowel, peak, persistent, pharyngeal,
pharyngealization, pharyngealized, phone, phoneme, phonemic,
phonetic, phonic, pitch, pitched, plosive, positive, posttonic,
proportionate, prothetic vowel, reconcilable, regular, retroflex,
robotlike, rounded, segmental phoneme, self-consistent, semivowel,
smooth, soft, sonant, sonority, speech sound, stable, steadfast,
steady, stop, stopped, stressed, strong, surd, syllabic,
syllabic nucleus, syllabic peak, syllable, symbiotic, sympathetic,
symphonious, synchronized, synchronous, systematic, tense, thick,
throaty, tonal, tonic, transition sound, triphthong, tuned, twangy,
unaccented, unanimous, unbroken, unchangeable, unchanged,
unchanging, undeviating, undifferentiated, undiversified, uniform,
unisonant, unisonous, unrounded, unruffled, unstressed, unvaried,
unvarying, velar, vibrant, vocable, vocalic, vocoid, voice, voiced,
voiced sound, voiceless, voiceless sound, voicing, vowel,
vowellike, weak, wide

consonant at Dutch => English Of Explained:

consonant [kɔnsonɑnt]

consonant at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, adjective
noun (phonetics)
1 a speech sound made by completely or partly stopping the flow of air being breathed out through the mouth
2 a letter of the alphabet that represents a consonant sound, for example 'b', 'c', 'd', 'f', etc.
compare VOWEL
adjective ~ with sth (formal) agreeing with or being the same as sth else

Consonant at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Consonant \Con"so*nant\, n. [L. consonans, -antis.]
An articulate sound which in utterance is usually combined
and sounded with an open sound called a vowel; a member of
the spoken alphabet other than a vowel; also, a letter or
character representing such a sound.

Note: Consonants are divided into various classes, as mutes,
spirants, sibilants, nasals, semivowels, etc. All of
them are sounds uttered through a closer position of
the organs than that of a vowel proper, although the
most open of them, as the semivowels and nasals, are
capable of being used as if vowels, and forming
syllables with other closer consonants, as in the
English feeble (-b'l), taken (-k'n). All the consonants
excepting the mutes may be indefinitely, prolonged in
utterance without the help of a vowel, and even the
mutes may be produced with an aspirate instead of a
vocal explosion. Vowels and consonants may be regarded
as the two poles in the scale of sounds produced by
gradual approximation of the organ, of speech from the
most open to the closest positions, the vowel being
more open, the consonant closer; but there is a
territory between them where the sounds produced
partake of the qualities of both.

Note: ``A consonant is the result of audible friction,
squeezing, or stopping of the breath in some part of
the mouth (or occasionally of the throath.) The main
distinction between vowels and consonants is, that
while in the former the mouth configuration merely
modifies the vocalized breath, which is therefore an
essential element of the vowels, in consonants the
narrowing or stopping of the oral passage is the
foundation of the sound, and the state of the glottis
is something secondary.'' --H. Sweet.

Consonant \Con"so*nant\, a. [L. consonans, -antis; p. pr. of
consonare to sound at the same time, agree; con- + sonare to
sound: cf. F. consonnant. See {Sound} to make a noise.]
1. Having agreement; congruous; consistent; according; --
usually followed by with or to.

Each one pretends that his opinion . . . is
consonant to the words there used. --Bp.

That where much is given there shall be much
required is a thing consonant with natural equity.
--Dr. H. More.

2. Having like sounds.

Consonant words and syllables. --Howell.

3. (Mus.) harmonizing together; accordant; as, consonant
tones, consonant chords.

4. Of or pertaining to consonants; made up of, or containing
many, consonants.

No Russian whose dissonant consonant name Almost
shatters to fragments the trumpet of fame. --T.

consonant at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Open \O"pen\, a. [AS. open; akin to D. open, OS. opan, G. offan,
Icel. opinn, Sw. ["o]ppen, Dan. aaben, and perh. to E. up.
Cf. {Up}, and {Ope}.]
1. Free of access; not shut up; not closed; affording
unobstructed ingress or egress; not impeding or preventing
passage; not locked up or covered over; -- applied to
passageways; as, an open door, window, road, etc.; also,
to inclosed structures or objects; as, open houses, boxes,
baskets, bottles, etc.; also, to means of communication or
approach by water or land; as, an open harbor or

Through the gate, Wide open and unquarded, Satan
passed. --Milton

Note: Also, figuratively, used of the ways of communication
of the mind, as by the senses; ready to hear, see,
etc.; as, to keep one's eyes and ears open.

His ears are open unto their cry. --Ps. xxxiv.

2. Free to be used, enjoyed, visited, or the like; not
private; public; unrestricted in use; as, an open library,
museum, court, or other assembly; liable to the approach,
trespass, or attack of any one; unprotected; exposed.

If Demetrius . . . have a matter against any man,
the law is open and there are deputies. --Acts xix.

The service that I truly did his life, Hath left me
open to all injuries. --Shak.

3. Free or cleared of obstruction to progress or to view;
accessible; as, an open tract; the open sea.

4. Not drawn together, closed, or contracted; extended;
expanded; as, an open hand; open arms; an open flower; an
open prospect.

Each, with open arms, embraced her chosen knight.

5. Hence:
(a) Without reserve or false pretense; sincere;
characterized by sincerity; unfeigned; frank; also,
generous; liberal; bounteous; -- applied to personal
appearance, or character, and to the expression of
thought and feeling, etc.

With aspect open, shall erect his head. --Pope.

The Moor is of a free and open nature. --Shak.

The French are always open, familiar, and
talkative. --Addison.
(b) Not concealed or secret; not hidden or disguised;
exposed to view or to knowledge; revealed; apparent;
as, open schemes or plans; open shame or guilt.

His thefts are too open. --Shak.

That I may find him, and with secret gaze Or
open admiration him behold. --Milton.

6. Not of a quality to prevent communication, as by closing
water ways, blocking roads, etc.; hence, not frosty or
inclement; mild; -- used of the weather or the climate;
as, an open season; an open winter. --Bacon.

7. Not settled or adjusted; not decided or determined; not
closed or withdrawn from consideration; as, an open
account; an open question; to keep an offer or opportunity

8. Free; disengaged; unappropriated; as, to keep a day open
for any purpose; to be open for an engagement.

9. (Phon.)
(a) Uttered with a relatively wide opening of the
articulating organs; -- said of vowels; as, the ["a]n
f["a]r is open as compared with the [=a] in s[=a]y.
(b) Uttered, as a consonant, with the oral passage simply
narrowed without closure, as in uttering s.

10. (Mus.)
(a) Not closed or stopped with the finger; -- said of the
string of an instrument, as of a violin, when it is
allowed to vibrate throughout its whole length.
(b) Produced by an open string; as, an open tone.

{The open air}, the air out of doors.

{Open chain}. (Chem.) See {Closed chain}, under {Chain}.

{Open circuit} (Elec.), a conducting circuit which is
incomplete, or interrupted at some point; -- opposed to an
uninterrupted, or {closed circuit}.

{Open communion}, communion in the Lord's supper not
restricted to persons who have been baptized by immersion.
Cf. {Close communion}, under {Close}, a.

{Open diapason} (Mus.), a certain stop in an organ, in which
the pipes or tubes are formed like the mouthpiece of a
flageolet at the end where the wind enters, and are open
at the other end.

{Open flank} (Fort.), the part of the flank covered by the

{Open-front furnace} (Metal.), a blast furnace having a

{Open harmony} (Mus.), harmony the tones of which are widely
dispersed, or separated by wide intervals.

{Open hawse} (Naut.), a hawse in which the cables are
parallel or slightly divergent. Cf. {Foul hawse}, under

{Open hearth} (Metal.), the shallow hearth of a reverberatory

{Open-hearth furnace}, a reverberatory furnace; esp., a kind
of reverberatory furnace in which the fuel is gas, used in
manufacturing steel.

{Open-hearth process} (Steel Manuf.), a process by which
melted cast iron is converted into steel by the addition
of wrought iron, or iron ore and manganese, and by
exposure to heat in an open-hearth furnace; -- also called
the {Siemens-Martin process}, from the inventors.

{Open-hearth steel}, steel made by an open-hearth process; --
also called {Siemens-Martin steel}.

{Open newel}. (Arch.) See {Hollow newel}, under {Hollow}.

{Open pipe} (Mus.), a pipe open at the top. It has a pitch
about an octave higher than a closed pipe of the same

{Open-timber roof} (Arch.), a roof of which the
constructional parts, together with the under side of the
covering, or its lining, are treated ornamentally, and
left to form the ceiling of an apartment below, as in a
church, a public hall, and the like.

{Open vowel} or {consonant}. See {Open}, a., 9.

Note: Open is used in many compounds, most of which are
self-explaining; as, open-breasted, open-minded.

Syn: Unclosed; uncovered; unprotected; exposed; plain;
apparent; obvious; evident; public; unreserved; frank;
sincere; undissembling; artless. See {Candid}, and

consonant at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: involving or characterized by harmony [syn: {harmonic}, {harmonical},
{harmonized}, {harmonised}, {in harmony}]
2: in keeping; "salaries agreeable with current trends"; "plans
conformable with your wishes"; "expressed views concordant
with his background" [syn: {accordant}, {agreeable}, {conformable},

n 1: a speech sound that is not a vowel [ant: {vowel}]
2: a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant

consonant at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: was wotd » 2012|April|30


From Inter: etyl » la consonans, sounding with, from prefix con-, with, + present participle sonans, sounding, from sonare, to sound


* Inter: a » RP Inter: enPR » kŏn'sənənt, Inter: IPA » /ˈkɒn.sən.ənt/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"kQns@n@nt/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: audio-pron » en-us-consonant.ogg|enpr=kän'sənənt|ipa=/ˈkɑn.sən.ənt/|xsampa=/"kAns@n@nt/|lang=en|country=us|dial=Midland American English


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: context » phonetics A sound that results from the passage of air through restrictions of the oral cavity; any sound that is not the dominant sound of a syllable, the dominant sound generally being a vowel.
    1. A letter representing the sound of a consonant.


      Inter: trans-top » sound

  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|صامت|m|tr=ṣāmit
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|բաղաձայն|tr=baġajayn
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|съгласна|f
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|consonant|f
  • Chechen: Inter: tø » ce|мукъамаза
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|子音|tr=zǐyīn|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|輔音|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|辅音|tr=fǔyīn|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|souhláska|f
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|konsonant|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|medeklinker|m
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|konsonanto
  • Faroese: Inter: t- » fo|hjáljóð|n
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|konsonantti, Inter: t+ » fi|kerake
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|consonne|f
  • Inter: trreq » Georgian
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Konsonant|m, Inter: t+ » de|Mitlaut|m
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|σύμφωνο|n|tr=sýmfono|sc=Grek
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|עיצור|m|tr=itsúr), Inter: t- » he|עִצּוּר|m|tr=itsúr)
  • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|व्यंजन|m
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|mássalhangzó
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|konsonan
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|consonante|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|子音|tr=しいん, shi-in
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|자음|tr=ja-eum, 子音|sc=Kore
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|līdzskanis|m
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|согласка|f|tr=sóglaska
    • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|bunyi mati, Inter: t- » ms|konsonan
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|spółgłoska|f
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|consoante|f
    • Inter: trreq » Romanian
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|согласный|m|tr=soglásnyj
    • Sanskrit: Inter: t- » sa|व्यञ्जन|m|tr=vyáñjana
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|connrag|f, Inter: t- » gd|consan|m
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|suglas|m, Inter: t- » sh|suglasnik|m
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|spoluhláska|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|consonante
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|konsonant|c, Inter: t- » sv|konsonantljud|n, Inter: t+ » sv|medljud|n Inter: qualifier » archaic
    • Telugu: హల్లు (hallu)
    • Thai: Inter: t+ » th|พยัญชนะ|tr=phayanchaná
    • Inter: trreq » Turkish
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|приголосний|m|tr=prygolosnyi
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t+ » vi|phụ âm
    • Volapük: Inter: t+ » vo|konsonat, Inter: t- » vo|konsonataton

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » letter
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|բաղաձայն|tr=baġajayn
    • Inter: trreq » Bulgarian
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|consonant|f
    • Chechen: Inter: tø » ce|мукъамаза
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|子音|tr=zǐyīn|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|souhláska|f
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|konsonant|c
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|medeklinker|m
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|konsonanto
    • Faroese: Inter: t- » fo|hjáljóð|n
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|konsonantti, Inter: t+ » fi|kerake
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|consonne|f
    • Inter: trreq » Georgian
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Konsonant|m, Inter: t+ » de|Mitlaut|m
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|σύμφωνο|n|tr=sýmfono|sc=Grek
    • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|עיצור|m|tr=itsúr), Inter: t- » he|עִצּוּר|m|tr=itsúr)
    • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|व्यंजन वर्ण
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|mássalhangzó

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|consonante|f
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|子音|tr=しいん, shi-in, Inter: t- » ja|子音字|tr=しいんじ, shi-in-ji
  • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|자음|tr=ja-eum,子音|sc=Kore
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|согласка|f|tr=sóglaska
  • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|huruf mati, Inter: t- » ms|konsonan
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|spółgłoska|f
  • Inter: trreq » Romanian
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|согласная|f|tr=soglásnaja
  • Sanskrit: Inter: t- » sa|व्यञ्जन|m|tr=vyáñjana
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|connrag|f, Inter: t- » gd|consan|m
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|suglas|m, Inter: t- » sh|suglasnik|m
  • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|spoluhláska|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|consonante
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|konsonant|c
  • Telugu: హల్లు (hallu)
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|sessiz, Inter: t+ » tr|ünsüz
  • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|приголосна|f|tr=prygolosna
  • Volapük: Inter: t+ » vo|konsonat, Inter: t- » vo|konsonatatonat

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » ka: Inter: t- » ka|თანხმოვანი|tr=t'anxmovani
    • Inter: ttbc » id: huruf mati, konsonan

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: ttbc » sk: spoluhláska {{f}}

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ad » j
  • Characterized by harmony or agreement.


    * Inter: seeCite » s


    * disconsonant
    • discordant

      Related terms

      * consonance


      Inter: trans-top » Characterized by harmony or agreement
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|съзвучен, Inter: t+ » bg|хармоничен
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|consonant
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|sopusointuinen, Inter: t- » fi|sointuva
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|consonant
    • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|შეთანხმებული|tr=šet'anxmebuli|sc=Geor

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|konszonáns
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|consonante
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|согласный, Inter: t- » ru|совместимый
  • Slovak: súhlasný
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|consonante

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * vowel
    • semivowel
    • Category: w - :consonant|Wikipedia article on consonants



    From Inter: etyl » la|ca Inter: term » consonans|lang=ca.


    * Inter: IPA » /kunsuˈnan/|/kunsuˈnant/|lang=ca, Inter: X-SAMPA » /kunsu"nan/|/kunsu"nant/
    • Inter: rhymes » ant|lang=ca


      Inter: ca-adj » f=consonant|fpl=consonants

  • Inter: l » en|consonant


    Inter: ca-noun » f

  • Inter: l » en|consonant

  • Latin


    Inter: la-verb-form » cōnsonant
  • Inter: conjugation of » consono|cōnsonō|3|p|pres|act|ind|lang=la

  • Translation: ar » consonant
    Translation: cy » consonant
    Translation: de » consonant
    Translation: el » consonant
    Translation: fr » consonant
    Translation: ko » consonant
    Translation: io » consonant
    Translation: id » consonant
    Translation: kn » consonant
    Translation: hu » consonant
    Translation: mg » consonant
    Translation: ml » consonant
    Translation: my » consonant
    Translation: nl » consonant
    Translation: ja » consonant
    Translation: no » consonant
    Translation: oc » consonant
    Translation: pl » consonant
    Translation: ru » consonant
    Category: simple:consonant -
    Translation: fi » consonant
    Translation: ta » consonant
    Translation: te » consonant
    Translation: tr » consonant
    Translation: uk » consonant
    Translation: vi » consonant
    Translation: zh » consonant