View synonyms for sibilance


[ sib-uh-luhns ]


  1. a hissing quality of sound, or the hissing sound itself:

    I stretched out comfortably in my sleeping bag, peering up at the stars and listening to the ocean's gentle sibilance.

    The older, poorer quality recordings had more than a hint of sibilance.

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Other Words From

  • non·sib·i·lance noun
  • sub·sib·i·lance noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sibilance1

First recorded in 1800–10; sibil(ant) ( def ) + -ance ( def )

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Example Sentences

I suspect most amateur podcasters don’t even consider a wind screen, but after listening to a bit of level-spiking sibilance, you’ll understand exactly why this microphone add-on is so important.

The gentle sibilance of air drawn through the glowing nest of tobacco is the only sound.

"I am here as a witness," a thousand mocking voices seemed to hiss in echoed sibilance.

She laughed, a mirthless sibilance that was marvelously like a snake's hissing, her eyes hard and dry.

Distress signals hissed into the atmosphere in urgent sibilance, then faltered and died away.

Then the breaking of a twig and the sibilance of whispering voices—two of them—perhaps more.


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