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continuant

[kuh n-tin-yoo-uh nt]Phonetics
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noun
  1. a consonant, as f or s, that may be prolonged without change of quality.Compare stop(def 34).
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or noting a continuant.
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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

Historical Examples

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

    The Sounds of Spoken English

    Walter Rippmann

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

    Crotchet Castle

    Thomas Love Peacock


British Dictionary definitions for continuant

continuant

noun
  1. 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
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adjective
  1. relating to or denoting a continuant
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