Definition of fricative in English:


Line breaks: frica|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈfrɪkətɪv


  • Denoting a type of consonant made by the friction of breath in a narrow opening, producing a turbulent air flow.
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    • The present work aims at demonstrating the feasibility of high quality articulatory synthesis for fricative consonants, and in particular to match a given reference subject.
    • The unvoiced fricative phonemes stem from the hissing of a steady airstream through the mouth.


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  • A fricative consonant, e.g. f and th.
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    • But then, little by little, the words become only sounds, a random collection of glottals and fricatives, a storm of whirling phonemes.
    • We can note, for instance, the general avoidance of fricatives and affricates in pidgin phonological inventories.
    • The sounds that agree in voicing comprise stops, fricatives, and affricates.


mid 19th century: from modern Latin fricativus, from Latin fricare 'to rub'.

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