His face was a brief record of baleful experiences, and he had the aspirates of a gentleman.
He explained that all aspirates are dropped in modern Greek.
The aspirates ph, ch, th were pronounced very nearly like our stressed Eng.
In moments of rapid action the sergeant major evidently had difficulty with his aspirates.
It would be far more correct to associate with them a third class of aspirates.
Perplexity of both parents here required a short explanation of middle-class jocularity turning on neglect or excess of aspirates.
He complained of the shut mouth, the claquement des dents, and the predominance of aspirates in our pronunciation.
In the various alphabetical systems the aspirates stand out most individually.
aspirates are common in German, but practically unknown in standard French.
His attempts with aspirates were a continual humiliation to himself and a joy to the whole school.
1725, "sound of the letter 'H'," especially at the beginning of a word, from Latin aspiratio "a breathing, exhalation, the pronunciation of the letter H" (see aspire).
"to pronounce with audible breath," 1700; perhaps a back-formation from aspiration (n.2), or from French aspirer (1520s), or directly from Latin aspiratus, past participle of aspirare (see aspire). Related: Aspirated; aspirating.
aspirate as·pi·rate (ās'pə-rāt')
v. as·pi·rat·ed, as·pi·rat·ing, as·pi·rates
To take in or remove by aspiration. n. (-pər-ĭt)
A substance removed by aspiration.