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Definitions of consonant

  1. a speech sound that is not a vowel Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A sound which cannot be easily uttered except when combined with a vowel; a letter representing such a sound. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. An articulation which can be sounded only with a vowel: a letter representing such a sound. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A sound usually given only with a vowel, and represented by a consonant letter. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. An alphabetic sound not easily uttered without a vowel; a letter representing such a sound. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A letter which cannot be sounded without a vowel. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Consonantly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. in keeping; "salaries agreeable with current trends"; "plans conformable with your wishes"; "expressed views concordant with his background" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Having agreement; congruous; consistent; according; -- usually followed by with or to. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. Having like sounds. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. harmonizing together; accordant; as, consonant tones, consonant chords. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. Of or pertaining to consonants; made up of, or containing many, consonants. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. An articulate sound which in utterance is usually combined and sounded with an open sound called a vowel; a member of the spoken alphabet other than a vowel; also, a letter or character representing such a sound. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Harmonious; accordant. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Consistent: suitable. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. CONSONANTAL. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Accordant; agreeable. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. Agreeing; according; consistent; suitable. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for consonant

  1. Use a before all words beginning with a consonant sound, and use an before words beginning with a vowel sound, h mute, or h initial, if the accent is on any other syllable than the first. – 1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading by B. A. Hathaway
  2. When the mouth is closed, as in the production of the consonant m, e. – The Brain and the Voice in Speech and Song by F. W. Mott
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