from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A consonant, such as (s), (z), (m), or (l), that can be prolonged as long as the breath lasts without a change in quality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A linguistic sound other than a stop
  • n. A determinant formed from a tridiagonal matrix.
  • adj. Continuing; prolonged; sustained.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Continuing; prolonged; sustained.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mathematics, a determinant all whose constituents vanish, except those in the principal diagonal and the two bordering minor diagonals, while all those of one of these minor diagonals are equal to negative unity: as
  • n. Also cumulant.
  • n. A consonant such as f, v, s, z, etc., the sound of which may be indefinitely prolonged, as distinguished from a ‘stop,’ such as p, b, etc., which involves a complete closure of the mouth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. consonant articulated by constricting (but not closing) the vocal tract
  • adj. of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')


continue +‎ -ant (Wiktionary)



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