consonant consonant  /ˈkɑn sə nənt/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a speech sound that is not a vowel
  2. (n) a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant
  3. (adj) involving or characterized by harmony
  4. (adj) in keeping

Usage(s):

  • The idea of a community kitchen was consonant with the neighborhood's intent of giving the poor a helping hand during the bad times.

News

  1. Does altitude determine the way we speak?

    A University of Miami anthropologist discovered a link between languages that possess a certain consonant sound and their altitude. Does geography shape how our languages sound?
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  2. Altitude may influence sounds of languages

    KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com Certain consonant sounds are found only in languages spoken at high altitudes, according to new research.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: UPI

  3. Altitude May Influence Language Sounds

    The lower air pressure at high altitudes may be a factor in why ejective consonants are more popular in languages spoken higher up. Sophie Bushwick reports
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Scientific American via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "People in the CIA felt these things were not consonant with the sort of intelligence work they normally do," Marty said.
    on Jul 17, 2007 By: Dick Marty Source: Washington Post

  2. "It was very important to make sure that any provisions that were there, were consonant with our obligations under WTO and Nafta and I think that was achieved," Obama said.
    on Feb 19, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Bloomberg

  3. Recently, Nate Chinen (Jazz Times) described Underground as "an aggressive but consonant progressivism, often but not always rock-infused."
    on Jan 31, 2006 By: Chris Potter Source: Jazz Police

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