for·​mant | \ ˈfȯr-mənt How to pronounce formant (audio) , -ˌmant \

Definition of formant

: a characteristic component of the quality of a speech sound specifically : any of several resonance bands held to determine the phonetic quality of a vowel

Examples of formant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So that means that when the pitch of the recording is shifted, the formants remain unaffected. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "A Linguist Explains Why 'Laurel' Sounds Like 'Yanny'," 15 May 2018 The first two formants, F1 and F2, are instrumental in being able to tell the different vowels apart. Fidel Martinez,, "Yanny or Laurel? Why people hear different words," 16 May 2018 In the old playoff formant, the No. 7 seed would have been the Calgary Flames, who trail the Anaheim Ducks 3-0 in their first round series. Chad Graff, Twin Cities, "Wild’s Zach Parise on NHL’s playoff format: ‘I do like the old way better’," 18 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of formant

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Formant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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