continuant

[ kuh n-tin-yoo-uh nt ]
/ kənˈtɪn yu ənt /
Phonetics
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noun

a consonant, as f or s, that may be prolonged without change of quality.Compare stop(def 34).

adjective

pertaining to or noting a continuant.

Nearby words

  1. contingent liability,
  2. contingent worker,
  3. continual,
  4. continually,
  5. continuance,
  6. continuate,
  7. continuation,
  8. continuation school,
  9. continuative,
  10. continuator

Origin of continuant

1600–10; < Latin continuant-, stem of continuāns, present participle of continuāre to continue; see -ant

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Examples from the Web for continuant

  • The passage would be too narrow, there would be friction, and a continuant would be the result (see § 34).

  • Continuant nostre routte, navigasmes par trois jours sans rien descouvrir.

    Crotchet Castle|Thomas Love Peacock


British Dictionary definitions for continuant

continuant

/ (kənˈtɪnjʊənt) phonetics /

noun

a speech sound, such as (l), (r), (f), or (s), in which the closure of the vocal tract is incomplete, allowing the continuous passage of the breath

adjective

relating to or denoting a continuant
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