American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make nasal or produce nasal sounds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render nasal, as the sound of a letter or syllable by modification or addition.
- To speak or pronounce with a nasal sound; speak through the nose.
- v. To speak through the nose.
- v. To make a nasal sound when speaking.
- v. phonetics To lower the uvula so that air flows through the nose during the articulation of a speech sound.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To render nasal, as sound; to insert a nasal or sound in.
- v. To utter words or letters with a nasal sound; to speak through the nose; to pronounce with a lowered velum.
- v. pronounce with a lowered velum
- v. speak nasally or through the nose
“Also, some people nasalize these vowels more than others, particularly the short o and a sounds.”
“You have a trace of the Olgan burr, but you nasalize your vowels in the style of this area, though you live in Portolondon -”
“n, m can nasalize more or less a previous vowel, at the end of a syllable, in some dialects (Lemosin, Auvernhat, Vivaro-Alpine, Provençal): dança [ˈdansɔ > ˈdaⁿsɔ > ˈdãsɔ] 'dance'; volèm [vuˈlɛn > vuˈlɛⁿ > vuˈlẽ] 'we want'.”
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