Usage examples for consonants

  1. What a combination of vowels and consonants have been put together! – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  2. A strict analysis would probably reduce the sounds of the Canienga language to seven consonants, h, k, n, r, s, t, and w, and four vowels, a, e, i, and o, of which three, a, e, and o, may receive a nasal sound. – The Iroquois Book of Rites by Horatio Hale
  3. In lines of thirty letters Dante will have on an average sixteen consonants to fourteen vowels, nearly half and half; while his translators have about twenty consonants to ten vowels, or two to one. – Essays Æsthetical by George Calvert
  4. A preponderance of consonants. – Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore
  5. This man spoke with the soft consonants of a German. – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman
  6. It has more rhime in it, according to the ancient, and true sense of the word, than rhime itself, as it is now used: for, in its original signification, it consists not in the tinkling of vowels and consonants, but in the metrical disposition of words and syllables, and the proper cadence of numbers, which is more agreeable to the ear, without the jingling of like endings, than with it. – The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753),Vol. V. by Theophilus Cibber
  7. The root retains its general meaning, which is slightly modified and determined by the changes of the final consonants. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
  8. These are classed either as vowels or consonants and are represented by the different letters of the alphabet. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  9. The consonants must be taken in order. – Games For All Occasions by Mary E. Blain
  10. For instance, the insertion of extra letters that are themselves easy to say between words or preceding consonants that are hard to utter has been a favorite method among the specialists in stuttering. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  11. Their very speech, softly slurred and lazy, held a charm for Bert, used to his mother's and his aunts' crisp consonants. – Undertow by Kathleen Norris
  12. The use of single consonants to form long or short syllables was very common among the Romans, but such appear mostly in lines impossible to quote. – Bacon is Shake-Speare by Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence
  13. At this stage, however, or even before it, I think very probably vowel sounds must have been employed in tone language, if not also a few consonants. – The Brain and the Voice in Speech and Song by F. W. Mott
  14. It was hard for her to put the " s" before her consonants. – The Little Colonel by Annie Fellows Johnston
  15. There was a murmur of excited voices, and one rose hoarse and a trifle shaky in the consonants above the rest. – Winston of the Prairie by Harold Bindloss
  16. It owes this unenviable superiority to its frequency of " Sukun," or the quiescence of one or more consonants;-" K'lab," for instance, for " Kilab," and " 'Msik" for " Amsik." – Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton