- (phonetics) articulated at the hard palate
- (dentistry) Of an upper tooth, on the side facing the palate.
- Pertaining to a biological or symbolic parasite.
- Drawing upon another organism for sustenance.
- exploit, Exploiting another for personal gain.
verb (peaks, peaking, peaked)
- A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point; as, the peak, or front, of a cap.
- (geography) The top, or one of the tops, of a hill, mountain, or range, ending in a point; often, the whole hill or mountain, esp. when isolated; as, the Peak of Teneriffe.
- (nautical) The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; -- used in many combinations; as, peak-halyards, peak-brails, etc.
- (nautical) The narrow part of a vessel's bow, or the hold within it.
- (nautical) The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill.
- (math) For sine waves, the point at which the value of y is at its maximum.
- To reach a peak or maximum.
- Historians argue about when the Roman Empire began to and ultimately decay.
- (Armor) Protective armor for a horse's breast.
- 1786: The Poitrinal, Pectoral, or Breast Plate was formed of plates of metal rivetted together, which covered the breast and shoulders of the horse, it was commonly adorned with foliage, or other ornaments engraved or embossed. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 30.
- (Armor) A covering or protecting for the breast.
- (ecclesiastical) A breastplate, esp. that worn by the Jewish high person.
- (ecclesiastical) A clasp or a cross worn on the breast.
- A medicine for diseases of the chest organs, especially the lungs.
- Of or pertaining to the breast, or chest; as, the pectoral muscles.
- Relating to, or good for, diseases of the chest or lungs; as, a pectoral remedy.
- (zoology) Having the breast conspicuously colored; as, the pectoral sandpiper.
- Of or pertaining to the pharynx
- (phonetics) articulated with the pharynx
- (linguistics) An indivisible unit of sound in a language.
- a writing system used for transcribe, transcribing the sounds of human speech into writing.
- a list of standard words used to identify letters.
- (linguistics) the study of speech sounds and their representation by written symbols
- Of or pertaining to sound; of the nature of sound; acoustic.
- The study of how the sounds of words are represented by spelling
- A method of teaching elementary reading based on the phonetic interpretation of normal spelling
noun (phonolog, ies, -)
- (linguistics, uncountable) A subfield of linguistics concerned with the way sounds function in languages.
- (linguistics, countable) The way sounds function within a given language.
- 1856, Journal of the Indian Archipelago and Eastern Asia, Mission Press, page 16:
- : The Achean, the ancient Malayu and other mixed phonologies possessing a considerable degree of harshness, were thus formed.
- 1997, Jacek Fisiak, Trends in Linguistics: Studies in Middle English Linguistics (ISBN 3110152428), Walter de Gruyter, page 545:
- : Crucially, the neat separateness of phonologies which my account seems to imply is an abstraction and does not mean that the phonologies represented different regional or social dialects.
- 2005, Charles W. Kreidler, Phonology, page 219:
- : Thus, underlying "agtus" was converted first into "Ägtus" by the vowel lengthening rule, and then into "Äktus" by the ancient persistent rule. This example has previously been interpreted as indicating that new rules can enter a elsewhere than at depth I.
- (phonetics) Sound produced from opening a previously closed oral passage; for example, when pronouncing the letter P in Pug.
- A letter, or combination of letters, that can be pronounced in two or more different ways
- of, or relating to polyphony
- (music) having two or more independent but harmonic melodies; contrapuntal
- (context, of an electronic device) able to play more than one musical note at the same time
- (music) Musical texture consisting of several independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony).
- (context, of a word) Having more than one syllable; having multiple or many syllables.
- "Antidisestablishmentarianism" definitely qualifies as a word.
- (context, of spoken or written language) Characterized by or consisting of words having numerous syllables.
- I have a particularly off-putting predilection for the utilization of ponderously linguistic constructions.
- A word with more than three syllables.
- after a consonant
adjective (no comparative or superlative)
- Immediately preceding a vowel or vowel sound
verb (pronounc, ing)
- (transitive) To read aloud.
- (transitive) To sound out a word.
- (transitive) To officially declare.
- I hereby you man and wife.
- (countable) The standard way in which a word is made to sound when spoken.
- What is the of "hiccough"?
- (uncountable) The way in which a person sounds the words of a language when speaking.
- His Italian is terrible.
- (linguistics) The study of poetic meter; the patterns of sounds and rhythms in verse.
noun (plural: prostheses)
- An artificial replacement for a body part, either internal or external.
noun (prothes, es)
- The addition of a sound or syllable at the beginning of a word, as in nother from other ("a whole nother thing"), or Spanish esfera from Latin sphaera (sphere).
- free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied
- free of foreign material or pollutants
- free of immoral behavior or quality, qualities; clean