Definition of Continuant

1. Noun. Consonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract.

Exact synonyms: Continuant Consonant
Generic synonyms: Obstruent
Specialized synonyms: Fricative, Fricative Consonant, Spirant
Antonyms: Stop Consonant

2. Adjective. Of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as 'f', 's', 'z', or 'th' in both 'thin' and 'then').
Exact synonyms: Fricative, Sibilant, Spirant, Strident
Similar to: Soft
Derivative terms: Continuance, Sibilant, Sibilate, Sibilate, Sibilate

Definition of Continuant

1. a. Continuing; prolonged; sustained; as, a continuant sound.

Definition of Continuant

1. Noun. (phonetics) A linguistic sound other than a stop ¹

2. Noun. (mathematics) A determinant formed from a tridiagonal matrix. ¹

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Definition of Continuant

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Continuant

contingent on(p)
contingent probability
contingent remainder
contingent remainders
continuant (current term)
continuant consonant
continuation bet
continuation bets
continuation betting
continuation line

Literary usage of Continuant

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1. Algebra: An Elementary Text-book for the Higher Classes of Secondary Schools by George Chrystal (1893)
"A continuant of this kind is called a simple continuant. When it is not necessary to express the numerators and denominators it is convenient to abbreviate ..."

2. Relations politiques et commerciales de l'Empire romain avec l'Asie by Joseph Toussaint Reinaud, John Ordronaux (1863)
"... dit que les Yue-tchi, bien que continuant la vie nomade, étaient civilisés et faisaient usage de monnaies. J'espère qu'à l'aide des médailles on ..."

3. Pennsylvania Archives by Samuel Hazard, John Blair Linn, William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Instruction, George Edward Reed, Pennsylvania State Library, Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Gertrude MacKinney, Charles Francis Hoban (1877)
"... y: continuant-cuf your care of this & y rest of v- publique Affaires in your Parts to your prudence & discretion w:h is very much relyed upon by Gent: ..."

4. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh by Royal Society of Edinburgh (1904)
"A continuant Resolvable into Rational Factors. By Thomas Muir, LL.D. (Read January 6, 1902.) (1) In a paper in the Proceedings of ..."

5. Essentials of Public Speaking for Secondary Schools by Robert Irving Fulton, Thomas Clarkson Trueblood (1910)
"Quantity naturally divides into (i) Long, (2) Medium, and (3) Short, which, in turn, are associated with the stopt and continuant sounds, and the indefinite ..."

6. The Pronunciation of Standard English in America by George Philip Krapp (1919)
"It is cultivated in words written a, sometimes au, before a voiceless continuant, or before a nasal followed by a voiceless stop or continuant, as in grass, ..."

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