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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Consonancy (Mus) Accord or agreement of sounds produced simultaneously, as a note with its third, fifth, and eighth.
    • Consonancy Agreement or congruity; harmony; accord; consistency; suitableness. "The perfect consonancy of our persecuted church to the doctrines of Scripture and antiquity.""The optic nerve responds to the waves with which it is in consonance ."
    • Consonancy Friendship; concord. "By the consonancy of our youth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the longest English word that consists strictly of alternating consonants and vowels
    • n consonancy Same as consonance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The three-syllable word "hideous," with the change of a single consonant, becomes a two-syllable word with no vowel sounds in common: "hideout."
    • Consonancy harmony
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. consonantia,: cf. F. consonnance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. consonans, -antis, pr.p. of consonāre, to harmonise—con, with, and sonāre, to sound.


In literature:

Perhaps some of us struggle along with consonants that spell somebody else.
"Christmas" by Zona Gale
But the decision of the Church seems most in consonance with her feelings.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Professor Phelps told of some Andover students, who, for sport, interchanged the initial consonants of adjacent words.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Consonance is very similar to this latter form of alliteration.
"The Principles of English Versification" by Paull Franklin Baum
Nursery games in stumpy green boats were not consonant with his dignity.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
The first consonant in the word "dark" should receive a slight stress.
"Style in Singing" by W. E. Haslam
There is a law of consonance, and we are responsible for things in a way that but few realise.
"Spirit and Music" by H. Ernest Hunt
No Russian, whose dissonant, consonant name Almost rattles to fragments the trumpet of fame?
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Choose an octave most consonant with the range of the voice.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Again, meditative people will find a charm in a certain consonancy between the aspect of the city and its odd and stirring history.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Use is also made of special vowels and consonants, for (supposedly) acquiring command of nasal resonance.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
Consonants in singing, 135.
"Essentials in Conducting" by Karl Wilson Gehrkens
For being comely, consonant, and free, II.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
The consonants must be taken in order.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
There was no sign for an initial b, nor was it possible to represent a double consonant, such as ddh.
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
Rachel's own attitude on this score was entirely consonant with that of others.
"The Arbiter" by Lady F. E. E. Bell
The consonants were represented by as many signs that look a good deal like our shorthand.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
When I have pounded the leather even and smooth, I learn of vowel-sounds and of consonance.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Prince L. L. Bonaparte counts, on the whole, thirteen simple vowels, thirty-eight simple consonants.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
But these four consonants do not appear.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney

In poetry:

In nature all is harmony,
A consonance fore'er agreed on,
And 'tis alone our phantom freedom
That is disturbingly off-key.
"How Tuneful Is The Voice Of Sea" by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev
The surges rolled the reflex of the skies
Before my portals, mystically blending
Their consonance of solemn chords unending
With the nacre and rose ignited in mine eyes.
"Anterior Life (La Vie Anterieure)" by Clark Ashton Smith
As the train passed the forest's tortured icons,
ths floes clanging like freight yards, then the spires
of frozen tears, the stations screeching steam,
he drew them in a single winters' breath
whose freezing consonants turned into stone.
"Forest Of Europe" by Derek Walcott
To ring out thy great frame, if I had skill,
The E'cho thereof should our Iland fill.
So consonant's thy vertue to thy wit,
And so thy outward feature graceth it,
That my Muse may one sillable adde well
Unto thy Surname, and call thee Le-bell.
"To Sir Robert Bell" by Ralph Knevet

In news:

And so does Consonant 's Clint Conley, who handily reinvents the breakup genre with an ironic song title, "Post-Pathetic," on the band's lovelorn debut.
North/South Consonance is a concert series, chamber orchestra, record label and music publisher.
OK, maybe there are some cases when consonants are silent, but you'd never know it unless you were from a place where folks intentionally mispronounce its name.
Specifically, Grimm 's Law concerns consonants.
All the superlatives in the world cannot render consonant advocates of abortion, and those that vote to empower such advocates with the teaching of Jesus Christ.
This approach was consonant with Teller 's lifelong trust in democracy.
Bound tightly between a pair of identical rigid consonants, tryst promises furtive sensuality.
On a worksheet, there are dozens of combinations using a variety of consonants that never spell an actual word .

In science:

According to Janssen and Renn, and in consonance with Einstein’s own recollection of his “fateful error” in not recognizing that the Christoffel symbol was the true representative of the gravitational field, it was through sustained application of the physical strategy that Einstein eventually corrected this error.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
We see clearly that he acted on the basis of a world view consonant with physics as understood at the time.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
Identifying, for instance, if a language has a particular set of phonological features (such as glottalized consonants) requires only listening to speakers.
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
For instance, the “Glottalized Consonants” feature has eight possible values (one for “none” and seven for different varieties of glottalized consonants).
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
These are examples like “SVO ⊃ VO ” or “No unusual consonants ⊃ no glottalized consonants.” It is, of course, good that our m odel discovers these, since they are obviously true.
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
While this implication has not been previously investigated, it makes some sense: if a language has one form of rare consonant, it is unlikely to have another.
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
Labial-velars and uvulars are rare consonants (order 100 languages).
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
The proposed reversal of roles requires nothing more than a review of the familiar closed testing procedure, but with a focus on the non-consonant rejections that this procedure makes.
Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research
In the next section, we review the closed testing procedure and the role of the concept of consonance in that procedure.
Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research
We argue that non-consonant closed testing procedures have been underrated, and illustrate the type of additional inference that is possible from a non-consonant closed testing procedure, but typically neglected, before we argue how these additional inferences can be used to construct a confidence set.
Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research
Procedures based on highly consonant tests, such as Bonferroni’s, tend to have good power for intersection hypotheses HI of low cardinality |I | and, consequently, are the method of choice for familywise error statements.
Rejoinder to "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research"
Procedures based on highly non-consonant tests, such as Fisher combinations, tend to have good power for intersection hypotheses HI of high cardinality |I |, and, consequently, typically give superior bounds tα (R) for large sets R.
Rejoinder to "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research"
It is interesting to note that the Simes local test takes an intermediate course for this dataset, finding the same 37 hypotheses to be significant from a familywise error perspective, but finding 111 additional false null hypotheses in total among the 7,129 genes due to its additional non-consonant rejections.
Rejoinder to "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research"
R7 handles Measure 2; it represents the operation O = ‘prefix µ’ and the rule O/Φ(σµ, Left) by placing B:Φ in LLC and the residue B/Φ in RLC, and inserting a consonant C (representing µ) on the surface.
Computing Prosodic Morphology
The consonants [r, ʃ] are found only in relatively recent loans (John Singler, personal communication, 2005), and [ʧ] is probably relatively recent as well (Ofri-Scheps 1991).
Distribution of complexities in the Vai script