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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)


  • 'Pitch' 'formant'"amount of air flow 'to control the machine like a human laugh."

    Boing Boing

  • La principal característica de la biblioteca serà la configuració i distribució dels prestatges, en forma de muntanya, formant terrasses internes.

    Biblioteca pública a Spijkenisse, Holanda | [bauen]

  • T in regular theater, I saw Avatar in regular formant, then I saw it in 3-D and it sucked in 3-D, and it still felt like an animated movie when Jake was with the Na'vi only, but I wasn't annoyed by that, now Clash is still on my list of movie's to see.

    Clash of the Titans Will Be 3-D After All, Release Pushed Back «

  • You claim all this experience, but your campaign chose to copy Obama ` s logo and design formant.

    Obama to campaign in Virginia with Webb

  • A graphic demonstration of the research of Dale Purves et al in the diatonic formant components in human vowel sounds; the reason the audience can intuitively follow the pentatonic scale is because they use this discernment every time they use a vowel.

    World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale on Vimeo

  • Pattern datatype, I can also use patterns for different aspects of a rhythm, my recent screencasts [1,2] showing concurrent patterning of samples, vowel formant filtering, sample playback speed and a [...] josiano says:

    Haskell hack « Alex McLean

  • The friend had also overheard the man say he had disposed of the handgun used in the crime, according to the in - formant.

    Just A 'Random' Crime

  • If the word is attributable to PIE, it would be *h2elu-t-, created with a noun formant *-t- attached to the aforementioned adjectival root *h2elu- "bitter".

    Never judge a book by its nom de plume

  • La couleur est d'un rouge violet lie de vin, tirant sur celle de fleurs de pêche, lorsqu'elle est peu intense; on le trouve quelquefois en aiguilles divergentes, partant d'une centre commun, et formant de jolies rosettes à la surface de la gangue.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Pythonissae vocum varietatem in ventre et gutture fingentes formant voces humanas a longe vel prope, prout volunt, ac si spiritus cum homine loqueretur, et sonos brutorum fingunt,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.