continuant[kən tin′yo̵̅o̅ ənt]
Origin of continuantMiddle English ; from Classical Latin continuans, present participle : see continuePhonet. a speech sound that can be prolonged as long as the breath lasts, with no significant change in the quality of the sound: continuants include fricatives (s, f, t̸h, etc.), nasals (m, n, ŋ), liquids (l, r), and vowels
A consonant, such as (s), (z), (m), or (l), that can be prolonged as long as the breath lasts without a change in quality.
(comparative more continuant, superlative most continuant)
- Continuing; prolonged; sustained.
- a continuant sound