vowel sound

Definitions of vowel sound
  1. noun
    a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
    synonyms: vowel
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    Antonyms:
    consonant
    a speech sound that is not a vowel
    types:
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    ablaut
    a vowel whose quality or length is changed to indicate linguistic distinctions (such as sing sang sung song)
    diphthong
    a vowel sound that starts near the articulatory position for one vowel and moves toward the position for another
    schwa, shwa
    a neutral middle vowel; occurs in unstressed syllables
    stem vowel, thematic vowel
    a vowel that ends a stem and precedes an inflection
    gradation, grade
    a degree of ablaut
    murmur, murmur vowel
    a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
    type of:
    phone, sound, speech sound
    (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
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