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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj consonant in keeping "salaries agreeable with current trends","plans conformable with your wishes","expressed views concordant with his background"
    • adj consonant involving or characterized by harmony
    • n consonant a speech sound that is not a vowel
    • n consonant a letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken consonant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Honorificabilitudinitatibus is the longest English word that consists strictly of alternating consonants and vowels
    • n Consonant 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.Consonants are divided into various classes, as mutes, spirants, sibilants, nasals, semivowels, etc. All of them are sounds uttered through a closer position of the organs than that of a vowel proper, although the most open of them, as the semivowels and nasals, are capable of being used as if vowels, and forming syllables with other closer consonants, as in the English feeble -b'l taken -k'n. All the consonants excepting the mutes may be indefinitely, prolonged in utterance without the help of a vowel, and even the mutes may be produced with an aspirate instead of a vocal explosion. Vowels and consonants may be regarded as the two poles in the scale of sounds produced by gradual approximation of the organ, of speech from the most open to the closest positions, the vowel being more open, the consonant closer; but there is a territory between them where the sounds produced partake of the qualities of both.
    • Consonant (Mus) harmonizing together; accordant; as, consonant tones, consonant chords.
    • Consonant Having agreement; congruous; consistent; according; -- usually followed by with or to. "Each one pretends that his opinion . . . is consonant to the words there used.""That where much is given there shall be much required is a thing consonant with natural equity."
    • Consonant Having like sounds. "Consonant words and syllables."
    • Consonant Of or pertaining to consonants; made up of, or containing many, consonants. "No Russian whose dissonant consonant name
      Almost shatters to fragments the trumpet of fame."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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."
    • consonant Sounding together; agreeing in sound; specifically, in music, having an agreeable and complete or final effect: said of a combination of sounds.
    • consonant Having or emitting like sounds.
    • consonant Harmonious; agreeing; congruous; consistent: followed generally by to, sometimes by with: as, this rule is consonant to Scripture and reason.
    • consonant [Attrib. use of noun.] Consisting of or relating to consonants; consonantal.
    • n consonant An alphabetic element other than a vowel; one of the closer, less resonant and continuable, of the sounds making up a spoken alphabet; an articulate utterance which is combined, to form a syllable, with another opener utterance called a vowel. Consonants are the closer, and vowels the opener, of the sounds that make up the alphabetic scale or system of a language. But there is no absolute line of distinction between the two classes; and the openest of the consonants may be and are used as vowels also. Thus, the same I-sound is consonant in apply, and vowel in apple; n is consonant in burned, but vowel in burden; and in some languages, as Sanskrit and Polish, r is much used as a vowel. On the other hand, y and w are hardly, if at all, distinguishable from ee and oo. Such consonants, as standing near the boundary between consonant and vowel, are often called semi-vowels (also liquids). According to their degree of closeness, consonants are divided into mutes (or stops, or checks, or explosives), as b and p, which involve a complete cutting off of the passage of the breath; fricatives (spirants and sibilants, etc.), as th and dh (ŦH), f and v, s and z, in which a rustling or friction of the breath through a nearly closed position of the organs is the conspicuous element; nasals, as n, m, and ng, accompanied with admission of the intonated breath to the nose and its resonance there; and semi-vowel or liquid sounds, as already illustrated. According to the organs used in producing them, they are divided into labials, made with the lips, as p, b, f, v, m; dentals or linguals, made with the tip of the tongue at or near the teeth, as t, d, th, dh (ŦH), n; palatals or gutturals, made with the back of the tongue, as k, g, ng; and some languages have various other classes. Then, according as they are made with simple breath, or with breath vocalized or made sonant in the larynx, they are divided into surd or breathed, as p, t, f, s, etc., and sonant or voiced or vocal, as b, d, v, z, etc. (sometimes wrongly distinguished as hard and soft, as strong and weak, as sharp and flat, and so on). See these various terms, and syllable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Consonant kon′son-ant consistent: suitable: harmonious
    • n Consonant an articulation which can be sounded only with a vowel: a letter of the alphabet other than a vowel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. consonans, -antis,; p. pr. of consonare, to sound at the same time, agree; con-, + sonare, to sound: cf. F. consonnant,. See Sound to make a noise


In literature:

It has seemed to me more consonant.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
So far then as musical quality is concerned, a consonant is an unmitigated nuisance.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
You have no broad vowels and large consonants to fill your mouth as when you say Bjoernstjerne Bjoernson.
"Essays on Scandinavian Literature" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
He set long syllables to consonances and let passing notes go with short syllables.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
The consonance came of itself, and ideas were born of the rhymes.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
It is as if the composer were endeavoring to set to melody the consonants of his name.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
Words of one syllable, ending in a consonant; with a single vowel before it, double the consonant in derivatives; as, ship, shipping, etc.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Such an erratic course was certainly by no means in consonance with the sober and unvarying routine of college study.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
Her voice was not Southern and, while she elided final consonants, her intonation was not of the South.
"In Happy Valley" by John Fox
All the elements in it must bear consonant relations to all the others.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
His noble powers were in perfect consonance with his noble soul.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 1, July, 1864" by Various
This mirth of Dash all's did not seem to be in consonance with the feelings of Mortimer, who hastily took his departure.
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan
When it is opposed to the will it is called pain, and when consonant with the will it is called pleasure.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
He showed neither awkwardness nor shyness, but this was consonant with his habit of thought.
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
I do not know how far the masting was consonant to his wishes.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
They are sounds in consonance with their thoughts, still a little sad.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
The character of some of the Egyptian laws was quite consonant with the notions of a primitive age.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
To the student of comparative religion there appear many striking consonances between Hinduism and Christianity.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The clean explanation seems so much simpler and more consonant.
"The Countess of Albany" by Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
Baron Kreutzkammer speaks English so well that it is almost a shame to lay stress on his pronunciation of consonants.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan

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:

It is strongly concentrated at very small values, showing a complete lack of quadrupole collectivity, in consonance with the findings of Ref. .
A study of randomness, correlations and collectivity in the nuclear shell model
This movement receives its maximum impetus from the dissonance, which creates a feeling of restlessness and activity, whereas consonance is relaxation and fulfillment.
Music in Terms of Science
The dissonant chord creates tension, and the consonant chord resolves it.
Music in Terms of Science
Fifths—They are also consonant intervals that work well.
Music in Terms of Science
They may work at certain points, but in general they should not appear in succession one after another because sevenths will not sound consonant.
Music in Terms of Science
Cook, N. D. 2009 Harmony perception: harmoniousness is more than the sum of interval consonance.
Music in Terms of Science
First, take S to be nested, so that its support S satisfies (3) and the belief function is consonant.
Random sets and exact confidence regions
Aregui, A. and Denœux, T. (2008), “Constructing consonant belief functions from sample data using confidence sets of pignistic probabilities,” Internat. J.
Random sets and exact confidence regions
The aim of this Letter is to present a Brownian motion model where these dynamical inputs are incorporated, in consonance with the opening discussion.
Brownian motion model of random matrices revisited
In order to show consistence we will demonstrate that it is possible computate Lyapunov exponents from self-distance in consonance with the previous result.
Lyapunov Exponents in Random Boolean Networks
This extension is not in consonance with the classification of the present article.
Order and quantum phase transitions in the cuprate superconductors
It would also be interesting to apply the same technique to other speech time series, for example consonants which are supposed to be turbulent yet still amenable to linear prediction analysis Kubin (1995).
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
In a different context, but with good consonance, similar features are to be seen in CMB anisotropy in compact hyperbolic spaces [38, 39].
Perturbations on steady spherical accretion in Schwarzschild geometry
This result is in consonance with what we should expect, since the χ2 test is asymptotic, whereas our proposed significance test is exact.
Significance tests for comparing digital gene expression profiles
His system worked by dividing his experience of the world into classes and assigning (mostly) arbitrary consonants and vowels to the various classes and sub-classes.
Structural Tags, Annealing and Automatic Word Classification