fricative fricative

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a continuant consonant produced by breath moving against a narrowing of the vocal tract
  2. (adj) of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')

Usage(s):

  • Clinton made it through the speech, but just barely, his voice catching on every fricative by the end.
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periphery periphery
/pə ˈrɪ fə ri /