continuant

noun
con·tin·u·ant | \kən-ˈtin-yü-ənt \

Definition of continuant 

1 : something that continues or serves as a continuation

2 : a speech sound (such as a fricative or vowel) that is produced without a complete closure of the breath passage — compare stop

Other Words from continuant

continuant adjective

First Known Use of continuant

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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