- pronounced with considerable muscular tension and breath pressure, resulting in a strong fricative or explosive sound. In stressed position (p, t, k, ch, f, th, s, sh) and sometimes (h) are fortis in English as compared with (b, d, g, j, v, th̸, z, and zh), which are lenis.Compare lenis.
- a fortis consonant.
Origin of fortis
1905–10; < Latin: strong, powerful, firm
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Examples from the Web for fortis
Fortis inferred that twenty-five new species only were created at a time; a construction which the passage will not admit.Principles of Geology
In March 1905, feeling himself no longer secure, he resigned, indicating Fortis as his successor.
Fortis cadere, cedere non potest—A brave man may fall, but cannot yield.
Fortis sub forte fatiscet—A brave man will yield to a brave.
Thus upon a solution of Tin by Aqua fortis, there will ensue a coagulation, like that of whites of Eggs.The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 1 of 3)
- (of a consonant) articulated with considerable muscular tension of the speech organs or with a great deal of breath pressure or plosion
- a consonant, such as English p or f, pronounced with considerable muscular force or breath pressure
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