sibilance

noun
sib·​i·​lance | \ ˈsi-bə-lən(t)s How to pronounce sibilance (audio) \

Definition of sibilance

: a sibilant quality or sound

Examples of sibilance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The balanced armature in the Solaris X is smaller than the driver in Campfire’s original Solaris IEM with a performance that extends high frequencies without sibilance or the fatigue caused by the distortion of upper frequencies. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 June 2021 The midrange brings great clarity to the vocals, while the treble is crisp and defined but without ever straying into sibilance or harshness. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Marciano has long been carrying the frame for lyrically loaded, East Coast Mafioso rap: grime and crime rhymes over throwback, soul-sampling beats, all with his distinct sibilance. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2019 All this results in a consistently smooth and natural sound—provided the gain level is set correctly for the recording environment—with little hiss or sibilance. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, 19 Nov. 2018 The high end can be a bit sharp with excessive sibilance on some recordings, but that’s my worst complaint. Chris Welch, The Verge, 7 Sep. 2018 The high end is nicely restrained, eschewing any sibilance or shouty peaks, and the midrange is given room to breathe. Vlad Savov, The Verge, 3 May 2018 The mid driver is for the vocal-type stuff, and the tweeter gets the high hats, sibilance, all that. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, 1 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sibilance

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sibilance was in 1823

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“Sibilance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sibilance. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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