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Definition of fricative:

  1. A fricative consonant letter or sound. See Guide to Pronunciation, 197- 206, etc.
  2. Produced by the friction or rustling of the breath, intonated or unintonated, through a narrow opening between two of the mouth organs; uttered through a close approach, but not with a complete closure, of the organs of articulation, and hence capable of being continued or prolonged; -- said of certain consonantal sounds, as f, v, s, z, etc.


raucous, soft, blatant, shrill, strident, clamorous, spirant, continuant, sibilant, vociferous, fricative consonant, clamant.