ALL meanings of semivowel

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  • noun semivowel Phonetics. a speech sound of vowel quality used as a consonant, as (w) in wet or (y) in yet. 1
  • noun semivowel a vowel-like sound that acts like a consonant, in that it serves the same function in a syllable carrying the same amount of prominence as a consonant relative to a true vowel, the nucleus of the syllable. In English and many other languages the chief semivowels are (w) in well and (j), represented as y, in yell 0
  • noun semivowel a frictionless continuant classified as one of the liquids; (l) or (r) 0
  • noun semivowel a vowel-like sound occurring in consonantal positions in the same syllable with a true vowel, characterized by brief duration and rapid change from one position of articulation to another 0
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