Definitions

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  • n. the state or property of being sibilant

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as sibilance.

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Examples

  • His accent, as usual, increased in sibilancy when he was upset.

    Death of a Scriptwriter

  • Certainly Milton would not have avoided them for their sibilancy, he who wrote

    Among My Books Second Series

  • R, leaves an aperture just so large as to prevent sibilancy, and sonorous air from the larynx be modulated in passing through it; the vowel

    Note XV

  • L, leaves an aperture just so large as to prevent sibilancy, and sonorous air from the larynx be modulated in passing through it; the letter

    Note XV

  • W sonisibilant, leave an aperture just so wide as to prevent sibilancy; and sonorous air from the larynx be modulated in passing through it; the letter

    Note XV

  • If the aperture, made by approximating the back part of the tongue to the uvula and pendulous curtain of the palate, as in forming the sibilant letter H, and the sonisibilant letter Ch Spanish, be enlarged just so much as to prevent sibilancy; and a continued sound produced by the larynx be modulated in passing through it; the letter

    Note XV

  • The hissing sounds are produced by air forcibly pushed through certain passages of the mouth without being previously rendered sonorous by the larynx; and obtain their sibilancy from their slower vibrations, occasioned by the mucous membrane, which lines those apertures or passages, being less tense than that of the larynx.

    The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society A Poem, with Philosophical Notes

  • The sibilant and sonisibilant letters may be elongated in pronunciation like the vowels; the sibilancy is probably occasioned by the vibrations of the air being slower than those of the lowest musical notes.

    The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society A Poem, with Philosophical Notes

  • If the aperture, made by approximating the back part of the tongue to the uvula and pendulous curtain of the palate, as in forming the sibilant letter H, and the sonisibilant letter Ch Spanish, be enlarged just so much as to prevent sibilancy; and a continued sound produced by the larynx be modulated in passing through it; the letter A is formed, as in ball, wall, which is sounded like aw in the word awkward; and is the most usual sound of the letter A in foreign languages; and to distinguish it from the succeeding A might be called A micron; as the aperture of the fauces, where it is produced, is less than in the next A.

    The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society A Poem, with Philosophical Notes

  • Sheila was to learn that the sudden sibilancy of Hamish’s Highland accent meant he was annoyed or upset.

    Death of a Scriptwriter

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