from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several frequency regions of relatively great intensity in a sound spectrum, which together determine the characteristic quality of a vowel sound.
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- n. A band of frequencies, in a sound spectrum, that have a greater intensity; they determine the quality of a sound; especially the characteristic sounds of the consonants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In phonology, the name given by Hermann to “the tone of constant pitch for each vowel,—independent of the tone on which it is sung.”
German, from Latin fōrmāns, fōrmant-, present participle of fōrmāre, to form, from fōrma, form.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)