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Aspirate  n.  
A sound consisting of, or characterized by, a breath like the sound of h; the breathing h or a character representing such a sound; an aspirated sound.
A mark of aspiration used in Greek; the asper, or rough breathing.
An elementary sound produced by the breath alone; a surd, or nonvocal consonant; as, f, th in thin, etc.

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"Aspirate" Quotes from Famous Books

... always as in get. h gutturalized aspirate. k as in English. w always as initial w in English, win, wan. ng as ng in sing, ...
— The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines • T. H. Pardo de Tavera

... all the verses were like the second, they might properly be placed merely in short lines, producing a not uncommon form; but the presence in all the others of one line-mostly the second in the verse" (stanza?)—"which flows continuously, with only an aspirate pause in the middle, like that before the short line in the Sapphic Adonic, while the fifth has at the middle pause no similarity of sound with any part besides, gives the versification an entirely different effect. We could wish the capacities of our noble language in prosody ...
— The Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Volume 5 (of 5) of the Raven Edition • Edgar Allan Poe

... (Sekondi), or Fort Orange, and Shamah (Chamah), at the mouth of the Bosom Prah, when driven out by war, first founded 'Kabeku,' near the present place of that name. His sons built Bein, or Behin, [Footnote: The aspirate is hardly audible. Captain Brackenbury, generally so careful, manages to confound Bein and Benin.] meaning a 'strong man,' and Atabo, in Fanti ataba, the name of a tree with a reddish-yellow fruit. The latter was paramount till late years, ...
— To The Gold Coast for Gold, Vol. II - A Personal Narrative • Richard Francis Burton and Verney Lovett Cameron

... Hoxford gives the aspirate still He cruelly denies to 'Ighgate 'Ill; Yet deems in diction he can ape the "Swell," And "git the 'ang of it" exceeding well. Doubtless his sire, the 'atter, and his mother, The hupper 'ousemaid, so addressed each other; For spite ...
— Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, December 19, 1891 • Various

... a word, the aspirate h precedes w in pronunciation: as in what, whiff, whale; pronounced hwat, hwiff, hwale, w having precisely the sound of oo, French ou. In the following words w is silent:—-who, ...
— The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing - A Manual of Ready Reference • Joseph Triemens

Words linked to "Aspirate" :   draw in, enunciate, consonant, take away, withdraw, suck in, articulate, remove, inspire, enounce

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