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.
a speech sound made by partial or complete closure of part of the vocal tract, which obstructs air flow and causes audible friction in varying amounts. an alphabet letter used in representing any of these sounds. referring to such a sound or letter.
phone which is produced by audible friction in the vocal tract and can be described minimally by its point of articulation (the place where the air is obstructed), manner of articulation (whether the air is partially or completely obstructed), and by voicing (whether the larynx vibrates or not).
Typically, in terms of sound production, a consonant is a sound which is obstructed in some way by tongue or lip contact as in /k/ keep or /b/ beep, as opposed to the unobstructed sound of a vowel. In terms of the sound system, a consonant is a sound that typically occurs at the beginning or end of the syllable rather than the middle, thus contrasting with vowel.
a sound Sound is a series of mechanical compressions and rarefactions or longitudinal waves that succesively pass one into another and propagate through materials (medium) that are at least a little compressible (solid, liquid or gas but not vacuum)
one of a class of speech sounds characterized by constriction or closure at one or more points in the breath channel. It contrasts with a vowel. Welsh has a couple of consonants that are not consonant with English, such as "ch", "rh" and "ll".
A speech sound characterized by constriction or closure at one or more points in the breath channel. In contrast, a vowel is an unrestricted sound. In some ancient languages (Hebrew, for example) only the consonant sounds had corresponding written characters (letters). Thus, the alphabet used by the Hebrew Scripture writers consisted only of consonant sound symbols and did not record vowel sounds.
In articulatory phonetics, a consonant is a sound in spoken language that is characterized by a closure or stricture of the vocal tract sufficient to cause audible turbulence. The word consonant comes from Latin and means "sounding with" or "sounding together," the idea being that consonants don't sound on their own, but occur only with a nearby vowel, which is the case in Latin. This conception of consonants, however, does not reflect the modern linguistic understanding which defines consonants in terms of vocal tract constriction.