Definition of alveolar in English:


Line breaks: al¦veo|lar
Pronunciation: /alˈvɪələ
, ˌalvɪˈəʊlə


  • 1 Anatomy Relating to an alveolus.
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    • It has been reported that bone loss affects the jaw bones (particularly the alveolar bone).
    • Many investigators believe that the tumor arises from bronchiolar or alveolar epithelium.
    • The respiratory bronchiole branches to form alveolar ducts.
  • 2 Phonetics (Of a consonant) pronounced with the tip of the tongue on or near this ridge (e.g. n, s, d, t): voiced and voiceless alveolar stops
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    • Some years ago it was pointed out to me that when I'm trying to be very precise in talking about linguistics, I use dental rather than alveolar articulations for consonants.
    • Hebrew and Arabic use dentalized t, d, th, etc., while English makes the sounds farther back at the alveolar ridge.
    • It must be rigid enough to promote near zero surface tensions during the alveolar compression.


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  • An alveolar consonant: boundaries between alveolars and palatals
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    • Given that both soft and hard alveolars (‘t’ and ‘d') are used in Punjabi, their representation in the new script would constitute the most baffling problem.
    • The bare letters's', 't', 'n', 'l', etc. cannot be assumed to specifically represent alveolars.
    • Both the /s/ and /z/ sounds are alveolars, articulated in the same place in the vocal cavity

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