from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To pronounce with a hissing sound; make sibilant.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To render sibilant, as a sound; change into a sibilant or hissing sound; alter, as a sound, by the phonetic process called assibilation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To make sibilant; to change to a sibilant.
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- verb linguistics, phonetics To change into or pronounce with the accompaniment of a
sibilantsound or sounds.
- verb linguistics, phonetics To change by
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- verb insert a sibilant sound before or after (another sound)
- verb change into a sibilant
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[ad– + sibilate.]
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From Latin assībilātus ("murmured, whispered at, hissed"), past participle of assībilō ("hiss at", v), from ad ("at") + sībilō ("hiss", v), from sībilus ("a hissing, whistling"), of imitative origin.
(Lat. e, oe, ae) and i the c had already begun to assibilate in Latin itself; in O.Sp. it yielded the voiceless dental sibilant c